Opposition legislators today protested against the Mehbooba Mufti's government in J&K and staged a boycott at the beginning of State Assembly session, over the burning issue of militancy and law and order situation, in the state.
The boycott happened when J&K Governor NN Vohra reached the central hall of the State Assembly and started addressing the joint session. It was then that legislators of National Conference (NC) and Congress raised slogans and placards against the state government and attempted to disrupt the address.
Holding placards and carrying black flags, the opposition raised anti-government slogans and staged a walkout. The opposition demonstrated outside the assembly hall criticizing government for its failure on various fronts.
Congress's Leader of Legislative Party in assembly, Nawang Rigzin Jora and NC general secretary and MLA, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that PDP-BJP government has failed to maintain law and order. They also added that though Panchayat elections in the state have been announced but there is delay in conducting the elections in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
The opposition legislator, Jora said, "If there is peace in the state and all is under control, then why there is delay in the election for Anantnag seat". He also added that the militancy activities and human rights violation is on the rise in J&K.
"Government is not in a position to reply to members questions, so not facing them," he added and said, "in the last three years, civilians and security forces killings has increased. There is no governance at all."
"The present dispensation has failed on all fronts. There is total chaos and uncertainty in the state under PDO-BJP rule" Sagar said and added, "People of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have rejected the PDP-BJP Government. Opposition will restore confidence of the people and expose failures."
"It is a matter of grave concern that local youth is joining militancy because people are fed up with the PDP-BJP coalition's policies", the NC MLA added.
Meanwhile, reacting on the opposition's protest, PDP-BJP's coalition government's official spokesperson and Minister, Naeem Akhtar said, "As opposition do not have any issue against government, they are protesting on vague issues". He added, "Disrupting of Governor's address is condemnable and as far as militancy is concerned, it started in their tenure and also increased in the tenure of previous government and we are trying to handle the situation".