Srinagar: Opposition parties in J&K Legislative Assembly on Wednesday said that they will face dearth of time in the winter session, the schedule for which was announced on Wednesday, to raise the “huge number of issues against the government”.
The 40-day winter session, to be held in Jammu, will commence on January 2.
Leader of Opposition and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah held a meeting of his party legislators on Wednesday. Giving details of the meeting, NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Reader, “There are innumerable issues but we (MLAs) will face dearth of time for them.”
Sagar said that the PDP-BJP government has reduced the number of working days during this winter session. “They have cleverly done so to avoid accountability,” he said. “There are only 25 days when the House will be in session.”
Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, tersely stated, “We have issued the calendar for 40 days and that is it.”
Sagar said that the calendar has been “prepared in a planned manner”.
“Like what they did in Srinagar during summer session,” he said. “No Autumn Session was held either…They just called GST session and that, too, for 7-8 days.”
Sagar said that his party discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu in its meeting today. “There is turmoil in J&K since 2015 when this government was formed and it has not stopped since… there are human rights violations and poor governance has further added to woes of people,” he said.
He accused the coalition government led by Mehbooba Mufti of leading a “corrupt government involved in backdoor appointments”.
“At a time when there is huge unemployment in the state, this government has resorted to rampant nepotism,” he alleged.
Communist MLA from Kulgam assembly constituency, MY Tarigami, told Kashmir Reader that the biggest issue for him is that there is “no governance in the state”.
“Along with other opposition lawmakers, we will agitate inside the assembly and lodge our protest that the people are not seeing government work anywhere,” he said.
“There are daily issues: there is non-availability of kerosene, gas, power, everything which is required for survival – to the extend it is required,” he said. “People, both in cities as well as in rural areas, are crying for electricity.”
“There are only assurances from ministers, commissioners, officers but substantially nothing is happening on the ground,” he added.
Tarigami said that he will ask the government about the stand of Government of India on dialogue and negotiations with people of J&K. “What has GoI talked about with them,” Tarigami said, referring to the GoI’s special representative to J&K, Dineshwar Sharma’s talks with Kashmiri groups.
He said that the government will be asked about the livelihood issues of the unemployed. “There are only statements coming about regularisation (of daily-wage workers) but nothing concrete has happened, while as corruption is rampant at every level,” he said.
On the issue of human rights, Tarigami seconded the National Conference. “Human rights violations are going on from Kupwara to Shopian… arrests are happening indiscriminately. How shameful is that the government is using shells and pellets despite giving assurances that shotgun pellets won’t be used,” he said.
State Congress chief, GA Mir, said that his party held a preparatory meet regarding the winter session and readied its agenda for the assembly.
“As a constructive opposition, we will try to make the government accountable. The PDP-BJP government is a total failure,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Mir asked, “Where is Agenda of Alliance? What about return of power projects and has any political initiative been taken?”
Mir said that killings of innocents continue under the current coalition government.
“There is also rampant corruption and this government is involved in backdoor appointments,” he said.