Opposition continues ruckus over BJP’s ‘war cry’

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Main opposition National Conference (NC) for the second consecutive day today created ruckus in the Legislative Assembly demanding that the government should come out with a statement on security situation following panic created among people in border areas of Jammu after ‘war cry’ by ruling BJP against Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should give a detailed statement in the House regarding the security situation to reassure the people living along the borders. “But government is silent on it. Chief Minister should inform the House about the prevailing situation in the state,” Omar said.
“We get information about what has been happening from the last week through media. Chief Minister barely visits the House. We want to know about the security situation,” he said. Earlier, the Lower House witnessed ruckus after NC MLA from Khanyar, Ali Mohammad Sagar accused the PDP-BJP Government of maintaining silence over the security situation.
“Teams from Home Ministry and Defense Ministry have already visited the state to assess situation here. But it appears that our government is less concerned about it,” Sagar said. As soon as the Lower House resumed business today, NC Members led by Devinder Singh Rana, were on their feet demanding that the government should give a statement on the current security situation in the state.
Rana also asked the government to clarify if it endorsed the statement made by BJP Member yesterday. “Due to the war cry given by BJP, the people living in the border areas are feeling unsafe,” he said. Even though Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and other senior minister were present in the House, Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CA&PD) Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali stood up and asserted that the government was serious about the issue. But, he said keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue; it can’t be debated on the floor of the House.
To this, the Members from the Opposition, including NC, Congress, CPI (M) and Independent MLA Er Abdul Rashid, expressed serious resentment. However, BJP members retaliated, saying that Pakistan has killed hundreds of Kashmiri people and they should be dealt with iron hands.
This resulted in heated arguments between NC and BJP, though nothing was audible as members from both the parties were shouting. Later, Dr Singh said that all the measure which the state government has to take, has been taken and it is in constant touch with the center. “It is not a law and order problem, the situation is because of the proxy war from across the border. The state is in constant touch with the center and all the measures are being taken to provide security to the people,” he said.
Asserting that the government is committed to stop any such attack in the state, he said as it is a proxy war such incident can happen, as it has happened during previous governments. “Amarnath yatra is commencing and this is a tourist season, so the government is committed to stop such incidents and the government is serious about the issue,” Dr Singh added.
However, lashing out at the government for not taken into confidence Members of the Lower House Abdullah said that they are not informed about the developments on security in the state. “It is ironic that we get information with regards to security from newspapers,” he said. “We are not just concerned about Amarnath and tourist season, as they are for a limited period. But what about the people living along the border, we also need to think about them,” he said while referring to Dr Singh’s statement.
Hitting out at the Chief Minister over her absence from the House, Mr Abdullah said that she intervenes on issues during the Question Hour to make headlines. But, he said when it comes to the most important issue with regards to security, she is nowhere. Abdullah further demanded that the Chief Minister should come up with a prepared statement in the House and inform Members about over all security situations. Later, Dr Singh said that the government will come up with a prepared statement in the House tomorrow about the security situation.

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