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PDP-BJP divided on cross border firing issue

PDP-BJP divided on cross border firing issue

Differences of opinion among coalition partners in Jammu & Kashmir Government (PDP-BJP) showed in the open after BJP brought a resolution to condemn Pakistan, a decision not supported by PDP and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Massive uproar was witnessed inside Jammu & Kashmir Assembly, created by opposition National Conference and Congress over Pakistan targeting civilian areas.
NC and Congress MLAs raised the anti-PDP-BJP slogans, demanding state government to clear its stand on Pakistan.
They said that on one hand Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wants to initiate talks with Pakistan, while on the other side its alliance partner, BJP, is bringing resolution in the Lower House, condemning Pakistan and talking of creation of bunkers.
BJP MLA Ravinder Raina said outside assembly that he has brought a resolution to the assembly to condemn Pakistan for firing on civilian areas.

NC senior MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar said, "On one side BJP local MP claims that they have got Rs 450 crore for construction of bunkers on borders and on the other Chief Minister said that they did not want bunkers but put an end to hostilities and close relations with Pakistan."
Later, the opposition members from NC and Congress also staged walkout from the Lower House.

Meanwhile in the State Legislative Council, Congress legislator Balbir Singh said that there is war, when 9000 mortar shells are fired. And the villagers, who have lost 10 precious lives are the real victims. He added that there is an old demand of border area villages for five plots in the safer zones, but nothing has been done on the ground.
Similarly, BJP MLC Ramesh Arora also raised the issue of border area people and said that they want government's statement on border firing and condemnation.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, AR Veeri said in the Council, "We want and requested both the countries to move with doctrine of former PM Vajpayee for peace on the borders."
Veeri also announced that amount for compensation to the victims has been sanctioned from the Union Government and also a group of ministers will visit the border firing affected areas, to survey the situation and giving compensation to the victims.


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