As Budget session begins, opposition to corner coalition govt on sensitive issues

As Budget session begins, opposition to corner coalition govt on sensitive issues

SRINAGAR: Opposition has put the government in a tight spot, as vital bills and resolutions have been moved in for consideration during the Assembly session commencing on Wednesday.
The opposition would be seeking a blanket ban on liquor in Jammu and Kashmir, adoption of autonomy resolution, disbanding government-sponsored Village Defence Committees, return of power projects, and abolishing the Legislative Council.
National Conference general secretary and legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar said his party will move two bills seeking complete ban on the liquor in the state on the pattern of other states, which implemented the ban.
Also, a resolution will be submitted to seek resolution on Autonomy as many attempts are being committed to erode the Article 370, which grants a ‘hollowed-out’ special status to Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian constitution.
“We will take up issues such as Sainik Colony, Pandit townships, return of power projects, and NEET during the session. We want to safeguard the Article 370,” he told Kashmir Reader.
The party, which is a proponent of autonomy, had adopted a historic resolution during its rule in 2000 only to be rejected by the NDA-led government. The party had stayed silent about the autonomy during its entire six-year rule led by Omar Abdullah.
Sagar said sincerity of the PDP-BJP government would get vindicated only if they consider the resolution.
“If they can’t adopt the resolution, they are deceiving the people by raising the bogey of ‘Agenda for Alliance’,” he said, adding the opposition has already conveyed to speaker that if they are given space, they will cooperate in smooth functioning of the proceedings.
Dealing with the Opposition will be a major challenge for the Mehbooba Mufti-led government, which is already under strain after a united pro-freedom camp called for a stir against the contentious Sainik Colony, Pandit townships, new industrial policy, and NEET.
Also, it will be the first session in which Mehbooba will face discomforting questions.
Independent MLA Eng Rasheed, who accused the BJP of having an anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir agenda, said he has submitted five resolutions and two bills in the Assembly.
The resolutions include disbanding government-sponsored militia Village Defence Committees, return of power projects, Chenab council, abolishing the Legislative Council, and a continuous dialogue with Hurriyat Conference and Pakistan.
Also, he has submitted a bill for restoring the nomenclature of governor as Sadr-e-Riyasat.
“The legislative council has become a rehabilitation center for defeated candidates and it should be abolished for which I have submitted a bill as well as resolution,” he said, adding, “I will also raise sainik colony, NEET, industrial policy.”
Congress will raise the issue of compensation for 2014 flood victims and will ask the government to clear its position on sainik colony and Pandit townships.
“We will demand the government’s response to NFSA that deprived people of rations,” said State Congress vice-president and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga.
More than 90 private member resolutions have been submitted in the Assembly secretariat, while 29 bills have been submitted by the legislators for the Budget Session.
Interesting would be to see how Mehbooba deals with the opposition in the House while holding fort for the PDP-BJP government.