NC for 2003 ceasefire, BJP wants resolution slamming Pak shelling
Jammu: The killing of civilians and army soldiers and along the Line of Control (LoC) caused pandemonium and then an adjournment in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. The issue was raised by Nagrota MLA Devinder Singh Rana, who came to the well of the House alleging that there was no safety for the border residents and people were being killed without the government doing anything. Rana was joined by Udhampur MLA Pawan Gupta inside the well of the House.
When both the opposition legislators trooped into the well, the ruling BJP legislators led by Ravinder Raina started shouting slogans against Pakistan.
BJP MLA from Nowshera, Ravinder Raina, demanded a resolution to condemn Pakistan for continuously violating the ceasefire agreement along the border and for killing Indian soldiers.
The BJP legislators got up from their seats and shouted “Pakistan Murdabad” slogans. National Conference MLA Altaf Kaloo and Devinder Rana shouted at the BJP asking where was their ‘Chappan-inch seena (56-inch chest)’. “You had promised peace along the border,” shouted the NC legislators when BJP legislators were shouting slogans against Pakistan.
As the House slipped into chaos, Law and parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri got up and said that the legislators were voicing a genuine concern. He said dialogue was the only way to peace and advocated former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s doctrine to achieve the same. The House was adjourned for 10 minutes by Speaker Kavinder Gupta when legislators from both the ruling and opposition parties continued with their protests.
As soon as the House again met, opposition members from the National Conference (NC) and Congress resumed their protest against ceasefire violations and killings on the LoC.
Meanwhile, MLA Javed Hassan Beig from the PDP suggested that the Legislative Assembly should together appeal for peace on the border. “Such a resolution (condemning Pakistan) will provoke Pakistan and it will further worsen the situation on the border,” Beig said. “Instead, we should appeal to both the countries to end violations on the border and restore peace.”
His comments were protested by BJP members.
Endorsing the PDP MLA’s view, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that a message should go out from the assembly that peace can be restored.
“We support the statement of Veeri and the young Beig, who is right in his approach. On our side, we should not do anything that will lead to further deterioration of the situation,” Omar said.
He rued that it had become a habit for politicians to worsen the atmosphere through their statements.
“In my opinion, if a resolution is passed in this House, it should be that the people of Jammu and Kashmir demand both the governments to initiate the dialogue process so that peace is restored along the borders,” he said.
Abdullah demanded strict implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreed upon by India and Pakistan along the LoC and the International Border (IB).
The NC leader said that the Vajpayee government had, in consultation with Pakistan, come to a ceasefire agreement that needs to be restored.