BJP stages walkout from Assembly

The BJP along with National Panther`s Party today staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly protesting the "unfair, erratic and discriminatory" distribution of ration supplies in the state.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 14:01 PM IST

Jammu: The BJP along with National
Panther`s Party today staged a walkout from the Jammu and
Kashmir Assembly protesting the "unfair, erratic and
discriminatory" distribution of ration supplies in the state.

The problem started when Minister for Consumer Affairs
and Public Distribution Qamar Ali Akhoon told the house that
27,011 metric tonnes of foodgrains are being supplied in Jammu
division every month.

However, BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria termed the information
incorrect and sought reply from the Minister over
"discrimination" in allotment of foodgrains on discriminatory
lines.

Khajuria protested that quota of ration of Jammu has
been given to Darbar Move employees and migrants putting up in
Jammu.

He was joined by JKNPP members Balwant Mankotia and
Yash Pal Kundal, PDP member Zulfikar Ali, Jammu State Morcha
(JSM) member Ashwani Kumar and Congress member G M Saroori,
who alleged that there is a grave scarcity of foodgrains as
ration does not reach to grass root level due to "bunglings
and misappropriation by officials."

Opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti and CPI(M) member M Y
Tarigami stood up from their seats and said that the
government should be serious on the issue and should put in
place a mechanism to ensure that ration reaches to everyone.

Two JKNPP members Mankotia and Kundal walked into the
well and sat on dharna.

Later, BJP and JKNPP members staged a walkout from the
house over the issue.

PTI