Jammu: The legislative assembly witnessed noisy scenes on the second day of its budget session on Tuesday with the Opposition accusing the government of letting loose a reign of terror in the Valley during the uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last year.
As soon as the House met, National conference and Congress legislators stood up and demanded that rather than holding the Question Hour, there should be a discussion on the killings during the 2016 uprising.
Opposition members later walked out of the House, protesting against the absence of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Deputy speaker Nazir Gurezi told the House that Mehbooba would reply to Opposition queries at 1pm but she didn’t show up. Gurezi then said she would reply at 3pm.
However, on finding her absent again at 3pm, when the assembly resumed proceedings, the agitated Opposition members walked out in protest.
Independent legislator Engineer Rasheed said Burhan reigned in the hearts of the people of Kashmir as his killing triggered massive uprising. Ruling BJP legislator Pawan Gupta termed Rasheed’s remarks as “anti-national’’ and “unparliamentary”.
Earlier, senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, while participating in the debate over the killings, blamed the PDP-BJP coalition for failing to implement its Agenda for Alliance.
“PDP deceived people by saying that PDP will keep away Kashmir from BJP but later joined hands with the same party. PDP has hurt sentiments of people in Kashmir,” he said while demanding that a commission should be set up to investigate into 2016 civilian killings.
Congress also launched a frontal attack on the government for issuing contradictory statements over Burhan’s killing.
“At first the then ADGP CID (SM Sahai) said the CM knew that we are carrying out an operation. Later the CM said Burhan would have been given a chance if she knew about him. Then deputy CM said Burhan was killed in an accident. So you should come clear on this,” said Congress legislator Nawang Rigzin Jora.