J&K Assembly rocked by noisy scenes, walkouts

 Amid walkouts, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes, uproar and heated exchange of words between members of opposition and treasury benches on various issues.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015, 22:56 PM IST

Jammu: Amid walkouts, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes, uproar and heated exchange of words between members of opposition and treasury benches on various issues.

Taking a dig at PDP for forming government with BJP, NC member Aga Ruhullah said "PDP had formed government with communal forces who were behind killings in Gujarat, fall of Babri Masjid... We kept them away from J-K, but you brought the communal forces in power in J&K".

As he took name of the Prime Minister in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, BJP members objected to it drawing verbal duels and noisy scenes in the House for some time.

Aga hit out at PDP for making saffron party inroads into civil secretariat and power establishment in Jammu and Kashmir, saying even when being in power with NDA earlier, NC did not allow their entry into J-K power corridors.

There were also verbal duals over it between Aga, Engineer Rashid and Ravinder Raina. Later BJP members observed silence even as Aga was targeting them for being communal.

Devinder Rana and M Jabbar of NC resorted to protests while coming close to the well of the House by raising the issue of the disengagement of contractual staff and stoppage of scholarship to over 5,000 students.

They sought government's assurance on the issues and later staged a walkout from the House even as Speaker Kavinder Gupta said that the government will take notice of it.

Earlier Engineer Rashid walked into well of the House protesting over BJP chief Amit shah's statement and later staged a walkout.

The Assembly also witnessed heated exchange of words when

Congress MLA from Bandipora Usman Majeed, while replying to the Governor's address, said the people who enforced election boycott were not stakeholders in the dialogue process, to which independent MLA from Langate Engineer Rashid objected.

"When the government says it will hold dialogue with all stakeholders, then it must clarify who those stakeholders are. The people who tried to enforce election boycott are not stakeholders," Usman Majeed said.

As the Congress MLA was speaking, Engineer Rashid said, "Conduct a plebiscite and you will know the reality, they too are stakeholders even if they boycotted the elections," making an obvious reference of separatist leadership in the Valley.

The verbal dual did not end here as Engineer Rashid went to the extent and accused the congress MLA of taking up gun, "You took a weapon, you killed innocent Kashmiri people," Rashid said.

To the allegations Usman Majeed replied, "It was not a conscious decision, you are using double standards."

Usman Majeed said that during its election campaigning in the Kashmir Valley, PDP used the issue of Afzal Guru's hanging against Congress just to garner votes.

"PDP had only one issue in Kashmir as they used the hanging of Afzal Guru against us, we too said that we could not go against the Supreme court verdict, but on humanitarian basis his family should have been allowed to meet him," Majeed said.

Majeed said the issue of Kashmir was between India and Pakistan and it was these two countries which should resolve the issue.

"In the past 30 years terrorism has changed nothing, it cannot take anything away from us. Pakistan should not be seen as a threat, but the bigger threat is China which is encircling India," he said.

Earlier while replying to the Governor's address, Congress MLA from Banihal Vikar Rasool said, "We offered unconditional support to PDP which was aimed at stopping the forces that want to divide the state on the communal lines, who want to divide state in the name of Hindus and Muslims."

He said even their coalition partner wanted the same "as the emergence of such forces was not in the best interest of the state".

Rasool said, in Kashmir, PDP fought elections to put a halt on BJPs mission 44 but instead "you helped make them mission 56".

"People used to say that PDP was the creation of BJP, but we didn't believe it early" he said.

He said the Amarnath land row agitation of 2008 was a "match fixing" between PDP and BJP, "now people have realised who the actual culprits were."

He said that BJP got nothing in the deal with PDP as the party had to abandon all its core agendas like abrogation of Article 370 and giving the state a Hindu chief minister.