Jammu and Kashmir legislature budget session likely to be stormy

Srinagar: The budget session of Jammu and Kashmir legislature, begining on May 25, is expected to be a stormy one with opposition parties gearing up to corner the PDP-BJP government on several issues, including extension of NEET to the state and “failure” of governance.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti-led government can expect tough questions from the opposition parties — National Conference, Congress and some independent MLAs — over the yet fulfilled of promises in the Agenda of Alliance agreed by the two ruling parties at the time of government formation last year.

The session — which was delayed due to stalemate over fresh government formation between the PDP and the BJP following the death of then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in January this year — will start with joint address by Governor N N Vohra to the two houses of the legislature on May 25.

“There is no dearth of issues to corner the government.

There are so many issues of public importance that have not been addressed by this government,” Ali Mohammad Sagar, general secretary of the principal opposition party National Conference, told PTI.

The National Food Security Act (NFSA), the extension of NEET to Jammu and Kashmir and the alleged “U-turns” on the State Industrial Policy are just a few of the issues that will be raised, he said.

“Revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), included in the Agenda of Alliance, has been rejected by the minister concerned on the floor of Parliament. Then there is refusal to return power pojects from NHPC to the state also,” Sagar, who is MLA from Khanyar, said.

NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the party will also raise the issues like separate townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits, shelter homes for non-locals, and settling of non-state subjects in Sainik colonies.