Upper House: Opposition creates uproar, corners coalition over Handwara, NFSA

SRINAGAR: The upper house of the state legislature on Friday started on a noisy note, as the opposition National Conference and Congress cornered the coalition over the civilian killings at Handwara and the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
As soon as the proceedings of the day started, the opposition members got up from their treasury benches and raised slogans against the government.
They jumped into the well, but the security guards pushed them back onto their seats.
They raised slogans like “Handwara kae qatiloo ko saza doe, saza doe (punish the killers of Handwara civilians), bae gunahoon kae qatiloon ko saza doe, saza doe (punish the murders of innocents), Muslim dushman sarker hai, hai (down with anti-Muslim government), RSS sarkar hai hai (down with RSS government), and Nagpur sarkar hai hai (down with Nagpur government)”.
Amid slogans, the minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, tried to clarify that implementation of NFSA had been given a go-ahead by the Omar Abdullah-led government.
The minister was ready to have a discussion over the issue and incorporate the opposition’s views.
However, the opposition responded to his views with the slogan “ration chaiyae, bashan nahee (we want rice, not discussion)”.
While the proceedings continued, the opposition members staged a walkout. They returned when the discussion over the governor’s address started.
National Conference legislator Bashir Veeri said the governor’s address was similar to PDP-led government’s response over the issues.
Veeri questioned the government’s performance, asking: “Why does the state need another sainik colony when it already has one at Jammu? Why separate colonies for Pandits? What happened to the revocation of AFSPA and other draconian laws? Why only IIT to Jammu and not to Kashmir Valley when AIIMS was given to both the regions? Where is the government’s equitable distribution for all the regions?”
The BJP legislator Ramesh Arora replied that the government has not finalised any proposal about the sainik colonies, but “there is no harm in allotting another”.
He, however, said the colonies were not only for the Pandits for Muslim migrants too.
The PDP legislator Firdous Tak, however, criticised his own government for failing to engage the youths who have joined militancy and for focusing the entrepreneurship programmes only on the capital cities.