Uproar in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Over New Administrative Units
A virtual free-for-all prevailed in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Tuesday, with the Opposition alleging discrimination in the setting up of the new administrative units and demanding that more such units be established in the areas, which had been left out. And the tense stand-off resulted in a PDP member sustaining injuries as the marshals acted on the orders of the Speaker to rein in the chaos. Earlier, as soon as the Assembly proceedings got under way,the PDP members were on their feet alleging discrimination in the creation of the 659 administrative units, which had been set up by the NC-Congress Government on February one. Flagging banners demanding tehsil status for their respective constituencies, the Opposition MLAs rushed to the Well of the House and raised slogans. And they accused the Omar Abdullah Government of setting up the administrative units only in the constituencies of the NC legislators.
The PDP protest finally resulted in Speaker Mubarak Gul adjourning the House.
When the House reconvened, the PDP members continued with their protest and they again rushed to the Well of the House and protested against the “skewed” creation of the administrative units.
According to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, the new administrative units were created on the whims of the NC leadership, without following any set parameters or criteria.
Referring to the ongoing protests in the left out areas she said,”When the government can create about 700 administration units, it should not have any problem in accepting the demands of the left out areas.”
Amid the fracas, one of the PDP members snatched a microphone from the bench of an Assembly reporter and raised slogans against the government. The marshals snatched the mike from him and as chaos reigned, the Speaker again called for an adjournment.
When the House resumed business the Opposition unrest continued, with the PDP, BJP and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party racing to the Well raising anti-government slogans.