Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was Tuesday adjourned briefly amid protests and walkout by opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the alleged expulsion of Kashmiri students from a varsity in Uttar Pradesh for ‘celebrating’ Pakistan’s victory over India in a recent cricket match.
As soon as proceedings of the house started PDP’s Rafi Ahmad Mir stood up and asked the government to clear its position on the expelling of the Kashmiri students by Swami Vivekananda Subharti University (SVSU) Meerat.
“We want an answer from the government . What are they doing for the security of JK students studying outside the state and to save their career?” Rafi asked.
Speaker Mubarak Gul asked Rafi to sit down and raise the issue after the question hour.
“Let the question hour proceed and government will give its response after that,” said Gul.
This did not satisfy Rafi who , joined by other PDP legislators, stepped into the well raising anti government slogans like “Awam duhsman sarkar hai hai.”
“These students leave Kashmir to avoid being booked under PSA and charges of stone pelting and pursue studies. If they are harassed outside the state as well it is a shame for the government,” the PDP legislators said.
The speaker tried to pacify the agitating legislators saying that he will ask the Home Minister to give a statement on the issue.
But, PDP legislators refused to budge and continued to protest.
Meanwhile, BJP and NPP legislators also stood up and protested against non- regularization of SPOs in the state.
Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the house for fifteen minutes.
As the proceedings resumed again, PDP legislators again stood up and demanded an answer from the government regarding withdrawal of FIRs lodged against the Kashmiri youth during last five years.
“Kashmiri youth are not safe outside. They are not safe inside the state as FIRs have been lodged against thousands of youth during last five years. Chief Minister in 2010 even said that he will withdraw all the cases against the youth under the amnesty plan. We want an answer from the government. When will these FIRs against youth be withdrawn?” asked President PDP Mehbooba Mufti.
The Speaker again urged the PDP legislators to allow the proceedings and assured the government will issue a statement on the issue later. However , the PDP legislators stormed into the well, shouting anti-government slogans and staged a walkout from the house while exchanging heated arguments with NC legislators .
As the second session began , PDP’s Rafi stood up again and questioned MoS Home’s claim that the expelled students can contact the government’s liaison office in New Delhi.
“The students told me on phone that they have contacted the office several times, but no one is picking up the phone there. We want answers from the government,” said Rafi.
Speaker however confronted the PDP legislator by citing the PDP’s walkout.
“You staged a walkout when the government was ready to give a statement ,” said Speaker.
“Let the government give the statement now,” said PDP legislators.
With no response from the government, Mehbooba accused the NC -led government of turning the house into their party headquarters and staged walkout from the house.