Video: The 2016-17 Budget Session and The First Day Proceedings

Riyaz Ul Khaliq


Governor N N Vohra addressing joint session of J&K Legislature on May 25, 2016 at SKICC. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Governor N N Vohra addressing joint session of J&K Legislature on May 25, 2016 at SKICC. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Since 1953 change in ‘Sadr-i-Riyasat’ nomenclature, a lawmaker in J&K Legislative assembly on Wednesday said that the position of Governor in the state was “unconstitutional”.

On May 25, the PDP-BJP Government 2016-17 Budget Session started in Srinagar with Governor NN Vohra jointly addressing both the houses in banquet Hall of SKICC.

As Vohra reached the hall at 11 AM and started addressing the legislators, lawmakers from opposition benches stood up and started raising various issues.

Leading from the front, National Conference members sought redressal of ration crisis. “Bhashan nai Ration Chahiye,” NC legislators started sloganeering disrupting the Vohra speech.

The NC lawmakers demanded roll back of National Food Security Act (NFSA) from J&K while Congress legislators led by Nawang Rigzin Jora staged walk out from the house.

The opposition lawmakers also demanded sacking of Ch Lal Singh as cabinet minister for ‘47’ remark.

The opposition staged walk out around 11:10 amid slogans, “RSS Hukumat Hai Hai, Nagpur Sarkar Hai Hai.”

KL Image: Bilal Bahadur
KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Taking out and raising a flag asking J&K Government about what happened to magisterial probe ordered in Handwara Killings, Rasheed asked Governor Vohra to stop his speech. “You are a non-local,” he said, “you are illegally heading the J&K state as our constitution has provision for Sadr-i-Riyasat not Governor and that too for a state subject.”

“Union government should take a realistic view and restore autonomy of J&K,” he said, “still J&K Issue needs to be resolved.” “Government of India needs to know why some seats are vacant in state legislature.”

Rasheed sarcastically reminded Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti of her days while she was in opposition.

The Opposition lawmakers staging walk out from the house. Former CM and NC working president gave a miss on day first of the budget session. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
The Opposition lawmakers staging walk out from the house. Former CM and NC working president, Omar Abdullah gave it a miss on day first of budget session. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

As Vohra talked about governance and women empowerment amid thumping applause from treasury benches, Rasheed said, “Vohra sahab please talk about killings in last two months. People aren’t moved about your tall claims.”

Lashing at PDP led government for banning business of vendors in summer capital, Rasheed said, “Old Legislative complex could have been used as one of the spots for rehabilitation of vendors but you turned it in to rehabilitation centre of your relatives, retried judges and bureaucrats.”

“Your forces staged two encounters, one at Drugmulla where five persons were killed and another at Saraibala where two people were killed,” he said.

Addressing Governor, Rasheed said, “you are lying, this government is making you to lie. The fake promises of (Narendra) Modi have brought these miseries to J&K.”

While the governor speech was on, Rasheed raises issue of LoC residents. “Kashmiri Pandits are getting every perk and privilege but what about the miseries of those living on LoC?” he asked. “KPs left Muslims to die while they fled valley in 1990s.”

Advocating resolution of J&K, he said, “when America can talk to Taliban why can’t you (government of India) engage Sallahuddin and Burhan.” “We know here some people have done match fixing with some (of alleged militants),” he alleged while reminding BJP’s Ravinder Raina of SP Rakesh.

Taking a dig at government, Rasheed said, “PDP government launched Laadli Beti Scheme but forgot Dardpora which is a village of orphans and widows.”

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