LA witnesses ruckus as Opposition protests civilian killings

A ruckus was witnessed in the legislative assembly today as the members from the Opposition traded heated exchanges with the treasury benches after they had staged a sit-in before the Assembly Session began today.

The NC and Congress lawmakers trooped into the well of the house creating noisy scenes as soon as the special session for discussion on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) began today. The continuous protests by the Opposition members led to the disruption in the proceedings of the house as they marched into the Assembly, while raising slogans against the government.

The Opposition members were shouting slogans that the RSS and Israeli agenda won’t work in the state. This lead to the heated exchange between the BJP and Opposition members resulting into a verbal duel as the NC and Congress accused the BJP of implementing anti-Muslim policies in Kashmir.

The members of the Opposition were seen carrying placards seeking justice. The placards read “Stop state terrorism.”  NC member from Homeshalibugh, Abdul Majid Larmi, was more vocal in his criticism of the government. “What did you people do in Humshalibugh, you resorted to a massacre,” Majid Larmi said, while protesting against the treasury benches.

Sporting a black band on his forehead, Larmi said that the existing PDP-BJP government was responsible for all the damages that has been done to the state and it was hell bent in letting loose a reign of terror.

Former Speaker and NC MLA, Mohammad Akbar Lone, accused the members of the treasury benches of shameful conduct. “You got votes for one thing and you ended up doing something else,” he said.

As soon as the Assembly session started, the entire opposition rose up to protest the civilian deaths. Among others who was in the forefront of the protests was Engineer Rashid as the Opposition members pressed for including the people who died recently in the obituary references.

Though Speaker Kavinder Gupta was seen trying to calm down the Opposition members and asked them that their concerns will be taken care off, NC didn’t relent in its attack on the government over the recent civilian killings. 

NC MLA, Devinder Singh Rana, was frequently interrupting the Speaker as Larmi later trooped into the well of the House. Rana said that the opposition would not permit the Speaker to adjourn the assembly sine die as it happened last time. This time we will not permit it, he said, “we will talk about the people and what you have done to them.”

After the assembly’s last session, as many as five members of the twin houses of the state assembly died in addition to Garesh Chander Saxena, the former governor. Members who died include Ali Mohammad Naik, Rangil Singh, Nizamuddin Shah, Rishi Kumar Koshal, and Shanti Devi.

Earlier NC lawmakers registered a  protest outside the main gate of the secretariat-assembly premises over the civilian killings.

Talking to reporters, NC General Secretrary, Ali Mohammad Sagar, said, “ There is an obituary reference slated for today’s business in the state assembly.” “We will insist that while paying tributes to the members who are no more, we should also include the young boys who were killed in last few months.”

 “Boys go to the school and return dead, we would seek answers for that,” Abdul Majid Larmi said. “We cannot ignore what is happening around especially since 2016 summer when the young boys are being killed like ants.”

NC lawmakers were carrying placards condemning the killings and seeking respect for human rights. They temporarily blocked the passage of some ministers into the secretariat.


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