The autumn session of the J&K assembly, beginning Saturday, is set to be a stormy one, with the opposition gearing up to target the PDP-BJP government on a number of issues, specially the beef ban.
The beef ban by the J&K High Court has snowballed into a major political controversy in the state. The National Conference has already moved a bill in the assembly to demand its scrapping. Similar bills have been separately moved by two legislators, Mohammad Yusuf Taragami of the CPM and Sheikh Rashid (Independent).
National Conference (NC) leaders claimed the session has deliberately been kept short because the government does not want to face uncomfortable questions. They also accused J&K speaker Kavinder Gupta, a senior BJP leader, of being partisan.
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“So much for the Speaker being the custodian of the entire House. This Speaker clearly biased against the opposition. We happily accepted being in opposition from day one, Speaker can’t seem to grow into his position of High Office,’’
NC working president and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah wrote on twitter. The eight-day session will have only six days of substantive business and during this period, apart from 14 private bills, 52 resolutions and 570 questions have been scheduled.
The Congress, too, called a meeting of its legislators in Srinagar to devise a strategy to corner the government in the assembly. The party has for long maintained the PDP and the BJP are deliberately stoking communal issues to divide the state.
To counter the opposition, both the ruling parties held meetings of their MLAs. “Opposition parties have every right to raise issues in the assembly and the ruling coalition will handle them properly,’’ PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beig said.