Oppn stages walkout from J&K Assembly
The entire opposition on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after dubbing as anti-people the state government`s move to amend two municipal acts.
Jammu: The entire opposition on Tuesday staged a
walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after dubbing as
anti-people the state government`s move to amend two municipal
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, who is also in-charge
of Housing and Urban Development Department, introduced two
bills in the House for amending the Jammu and Kashmir
Municipal Act 2000 and Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation
Members from the opposition, including Moulvi Iftikhar
Hussain Ansari (PDP), Jugal Kishore (BJP), Harsh Dev Singh
(JKNPP) and Ashwani Kumar (JSM) opposed the the amendments
saying the measure was "anti-people".
"It is a tax regime that wants to extract money from the
people in capital cities and towns. Most of the business was
affected during summer unrest last year in Kashmir, but
government wants to tax them," Ansari said.
Most of the members, including NC MLA and Chief
Minister Omar Abbullah`s uncle Mustafa Kamal wanted the bills
to be referred to the Select Committee.
However, they were countered by the Deputy Chief Minister
and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Nasi
Aslam Wani and finally the two bills were passed by voice
In protest, the entire Opposition comprising PDP, BJP,
JSM and JKNPP walked out.
Later, the Deputy Chief Minister told reporters that the
amendments were aimed at making taxes people friendly.
However, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the
government for the hasty passage of the bills.