Let Opposition Be Constructive, Will Respond: Mufti Sayeed

16 March 2015
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Jammu: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Monday advised opposition National Conference and Congress 'not to resort to ruckus' in the State Assembly during the upcoming Budget Session and instead 'play the role of a constructive opposition to which my government will respond positively.' Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Mufti said his government would surely reply to issues to be raised by the opposition parties. 'Let there be no hugama araye (no ruckus). Opposition must oppose us on issues and my government will reply positively,' he said. The Chief Minister said he hopes the opposition would keep the government on toes by 'raising genuine public issues.' 'We will take the issues raised by the opposition seriously,' he assured. Mufti's statement comes a day after opposition National Conference and Congress asserted that they would corner the government on delay in rehabilitation of flood victims and a 'compromise' made by the PDP after forging an alliance with the BJP. The Chief Minister took stock of maiden workshop wherein newly-elected members of Legislative Assembly are being imparting training on rules, procedures and business of the House. 'This is for the first time in history of JK legislature that such a workshop is being held. We have invited experts to make the newly-elected legislators understand the rules, procedures and business of the House,' he said. The workshop is organized by the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development at Udyog Bhawan here. 58 first-time legislators are lined up to take part in it. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Syed Basharat Bukhari. Addressing legislators, the Chief Minister said J&K Assembly is one of the most powerful institutions of the State and the country. 'All of you must houour and protect it,' he said. 'I want the new legislators to highlight the issues pertaining to common people so that government can take a note of them and act swiftly to address them.' On the budget session commencing March 18, Mufti said the House holds great significance in framing pro-people policies. 'I want to put the Agenda of Alliance in the public domain so that people understand it,' he said. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh termed the workshop a positive step 'aimed at raising the morale of newly elected legislators.' 'People have reposed their trust in the institutions like Assembly. I thank the Chief Minister for coming up with this very novel idea of organizing a workshop so that our new legislators, including me, are able to gain knowledge and comprehend rules,' he said. 'The workshop also makes us aware about how we conduct ourselves inside and outside the House.' In his speech, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari, said the workshop is being held to improve the ability of new legislators to perform effectively. Meanwhile, former Finance Minister Abdur Rahim Rather also shared his experience with the first-time legislators on the conduct of House proceedings.