Srinagar: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the head of the ruling PDP-BJP alliance, has thrown a challenge to opposition to “keep the government on toes” by highlighting its shortcomings during the 23-day long Budget session beginning Wednesday.
Will the opposition, a combine of thirty members including 15 from National Conference, the J&K’s oldest party which has seldom sat in opposition, and 12 legislators from Congress, who remained on treasury benches for last decade, oblige?
“There are many public issues for the opposition to highlight and government will have to reply,” said CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. He said that there are issues mainly about rehabilitation of flood victims and growing unemployment of youth in the state.
He said that recently more than 20 thousand youth turned up at army recruitment rally which gives an indication about the problem facing the unemployed youth.”
“Our response will be based on Governor’s address as well as budget document presented by the government,” National Conference leader Davinder Singh Rana said.
“We will surely play role of a constructive opposition,” he added. Sources said that the party has decided to raise issue of flood victims among others to corner the government which has only taken reins on March 1.
Meanwhile, working President National Conference Omar Abdullah called upon party legislators to highlight the issues of immense public importance.
Chairing a meeting of the party’s MLAs and MLCs at Jammu, Abdullah, who is also the NC Leader of Legislative Party, said Budget Session will offer ample opportunity to the members to raise their issues and join in vital discussions.