Jammu and Kashmir to Look Into Demand for More Admin Units
Yielding to Opposition pressure in the Assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday agreed to examine the demand to include “left out” areas in the list of administrative units announced on February 1.
For the second consecutive day, the Assembly witnessed uproar and noisy scenes as Opposition PDP, BJP and JKNPP members shouted slogans alleging discrimination in the creation of the new units.
Carrying placards, PDP members trooped to the Well of the House with slogans such as “accommodate left out areas” and “we want justice”.
Insisting that the government address their concerns, the Opposition members didn’t stop the protests, even after Speaker Mubarak Gul said they could raise the issue after Question Hour.
“If you disturb Question Hour, then you are wasting public money. Question hour is one hour for public issues and there is a need to keep the proceedings going to discuss the issues of people’s concern,” Gul said.
Despite his warnings, a few PDP members tore up some papers and threw them to the Well.
Disappointed by the Speaker’s response, BJP and PDP members walked out of the House.
“This is first time in history of the state that Opposition parties are united against discrimination. The government is not responding to our serious concerns and is keeping silence over the issue,” a PDP legislator said.
The PDP members later presented a memorandum to Governor N N Vohra.
“We have been demanding inclusion of the left out areas in the list of administrative units. Since our voice is being muzzled and the public interest ignored, we are deprived of our right to represent the people. We have been compelled to seek your intervention so that justice is done and the areas left out in the arbitrary distribution of administrative units are given their due. We seek your intervention to restore the dignity of the legislature and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and law,” the memorandum read.