Jammu: The opposition National Conference on Friday staged walkout from the legislative council against the passage of resolution recommending state holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh. The NC described the passage of the resolution as undemocratic and demanded rejection of it.
As the house proceedings commenced, the NC legislators stood up against the resolution. Dr Bashir Veeri, Shoukat Hussain Ganai, Dr Shehnaz Ganai, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone and other NC members entered into the well and shouted slogans against the passage of the contentious resolution and later staged a walkout from the house.
The legislators told the council chairman Haji Anayat Ali that the government took undue advantage of opposition’s absence from the house and passed a resolution which has exposed the sinister designs of the BJP-PDP alliance.
“We are totally against this move. We will continue protest against the resolution until it is rejected,” Veeri said.
“A plot was hatched to somehow keep the opposition out of the house before the resolution was passed. It was a strategy of the ruling PDP-BJP combine to get the resolution passed. We condemn this and firmly believe no monarch deserves to be celebrated,” Veeri said while talking to reporters after walkout from the House. .
Showkat Ganai said that the deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh’s statement in favour of the resolution praising Hari Singh indicates that the move has been initiated and taken to conclusion under the direction of RSS. “This is just the beginning and more such moves will be taken up in future,” he said.
He said that NC legislator Davinder Rana’s statement in praise of Hari Singh does not reflect the party stand on the issue. “The NC members Ali Mohammad Sagar and Mohammad Akbar Lone have clarified in the lower house that the views expressed by Rana were his personal and party has nothing to do with his views,” Ganai said.
Meanwhile, BJP MLC Ashok Khajuria told reporters that the NC has always been an anti-Jammu party. “The NC leaders are fully exposed for their association with separatist groups. They are pursuing separatist policies. We have seen it during 2016-Kashmir unrest,” Khajuria said.
On Saturday, the legislative council passed a resolution recommending state holiday on Hari Singh’s birthday. The resolution was moved by BJP member and Hari Singh’s grandson Ajatshatru Singh. The move was supported by his brother and PDP legislator Vikramaditya Singh and several other members the coalition parties.