Congress stages walkout from assembly over ceasefire violations

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Tahir Bhat

Jammu

The opposition Congress members on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over the alleged failure of the government to protect the lives of the border residents in the ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Soon after Speaker Kavinder Gupta took the chair, the opposition members started shouting slogans against the Centre and state government and staged a walkout to protest the killings in Pakistani firing.

Twelve persons were killed and over 40 others injured in the heavy shelling by Pakistan along the International Border and Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region since Thursday.

BJP legislators, led by state president Sat Sharma, raised anti-Pakistan slogans, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attempted to pacify the opposition.

Congress legislature party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora also criticised the government and blamed the alleged “inconsistent policy” of the Centre for the frequent ceasefire violations.

“This government, both at the Centre and state, is confused.

The Congress members shouted slogans like “BJP PDP HiHi” “RSS Hi Hi” and “Nalik Sarkar HiHi”

The state government, in particular, is in chaos and involved in infighting. In such a situation when we do not have a stable government in the state and Centre is indulged in flip-flops, Pakistan will continue the shelling to its benefit,” he said.

NC legislator also joined the Congress and lashed out at the government for not protecting the civilians.

Mubarak Gul MLA Eid Gah demanded that government should send a team of legislators to border areas to know the situation.

NC Legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar expressed surprise over the statement by the BJP leaders over the cross-border firing issue.

He said it is very unfortunate that the government is politicising the issue and everyday civilians were killed.

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