PDP says it will continue to boycott assembly proceedings

Opposition PDP on Saturday ruled out taking part in the ongoing assembly session in Jammu and Kashmir till the state government initiated action against those responsible for killing of youths during protests in the Valley.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 19:33 PM IST

Srinagar: Opposition Peoples` Democratic
Party (PDP) on Saturday ruled out taking part in the ongoing
assembly session in Jammu and Kashmir till the state
government initiated action against those responsible for
killing of youths during protests in the Valley.

"Unless, this lawlessness comes to a halt, asking
questions in the legislature will sound a meaningless
charade," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told CPI(M) MLA M Y
Tarigami.
Tarigami was yesterday nominated by the Business
Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Legislative Assembly to
persuade the PDP leadership to end its boycott in the larger
interests of the people and democracy.

"This is a serious issue and unless the government
shows some inclination to stop atrocities and initiates action
against the killers of 110 innocent persons, the Assembly
session will lack any seriousness and credibility," she said.

Reiterating her party`s faith in democratic
functioning, Mehbooba said staying away from proceedings of
the House to register protest of the people was an established
parliamentary practice.

She said the current crisis had seriously eroded
credibility of democratic institutions in the state and the
legislature was no exception.
"All the resolutions furnished by the largest
(opposition) party of the state, the PDP, have been disallowed
by the speaker. These resolutions pertained to revocation of
AFSPA, reduction in troops on civilian duty, holding of
unconditional dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue and
renegotiation of power projects," she said.

PTI