Stormy start to Jammu-Kashmir budget session, Opposition disrupts Governor’s address

Senior National Conference MLA Mohammad Shafi Uri started reading out a written memorandum listing charges against the government to support their demand.

By: Express News Service | Updated: January 2, 2018 1:43:37 pm
The ruckus continued for nearly 15 minutes, and the National Conference and Congress legislators staged a walkout in the middle of Governor’s address. 

The J&K budget session began on a stormy note on Tuesday morning, with Opposition creating ruckus during the Governor’s address to a joint sitting of both Houses. Trouble erupted soon after Governor N N Vohra began his address in the Central Hall. Opposition legislators stood in their seats, displaying banners demanding “dismiss government to restore the spirit of Panchayati Raj Act”.

Senior National Conference MLA Mohammad Shafi Uri started reading out a written memorandum listing charges against the government to support their demand. Governor Vohra patiently listened to him for some time and asked him to submit the memorandum so that he can begin his speech. Though Shafi handed over the memorandum to the Governor, Opposition MLAs resorted to sloganeering when the later started his address.

The ruckus continued for nearly 15 minutes, and the National Conference and Congress legislators staged a walkout in the middle of Governor’s address. However, independent legislator Engineer Rashid continued interrupting the Governor’s address during the entire half an hour.

In his address, Governor Vohra appealed to separatists to come forward and engage in dialogue and resolve all pending issues.

“To all those who had earlier refused to be part of the peace process, Government appeals to them to come forward and accept the Special Representative for Kashmir’s offer for engaging in dialogue,” said Governor N N Vohra in his address to a joint sitting of legislators from both Houses of the State Legislature at the Central Hall.

“Government is hopeful that, soon enough, all segments shall come forward for a dialogue and all issues would find resolution,” he added.

He then asked elected representatives and public to unite against those who indulge in violence against the State. “Government firmly believes that the elected and the electorate have equal stakes in the peace process and, together, they will have to rise against those who choose violence to disrupt the established order,” he said.

“Such challenges will be met through dialogue, which is the best means of resolving all disagreements,” he said.

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