J-K Budget Session Likely To Start On Stormy Note

J-K Budget Session Likely To Start On Stormy Note

22 February 2012
The Indian Express


Jammu: The opposition is all set to corner the Jammu and Kashmir government during the month-long budget session of the state legislature beginning tomorrow on issues like corruption and custodial death of NC worker. The new recruitment policy and demand for revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) are also likely to be raised strongly by the opposition members who are expected to protest alleged regional discrimination. Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party have decided to gherao the Assembly premises to demand dismissal of the NC-Congress government. The session, which will start with the customary address of Governor N N Vohra to the joint sitting of the state Assembly and Council, might witness uproar by JKNPP, PDP, BJP and CPI(M) members on issues like NC worker Yousuf Shah's custodial death and alleged involvement of some ministers in corruption cases. 'There are lots of issues - from corruption to failure of governance on all fronts - and we will raise them vociferously,' a PDP spokesman said. Meanwhile, NC chief Farooq Abdullah today appealed to the opposition not to disrupt the session, saying the government would 'facilitate holding of discussions'. 'Seeking answers and grilling the government is the democratic right of the opposition and nobody is stopping them,' he told reporters here. Earlier, Omar had said there was 'no issue' which the government was not willing to discuss. 'There is no subject that is off the table. We only hope that House is allowed to function and people's genuine concerns are addressed,' he had said.