Budget session begins today, Oppn all set to corner govt

Jammu,02 Jan 2018: As the budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature is all set to begin on Tuesday with the Governor’s address, opposition parties have decided to corner the government on issues concerning people.

Be it killing of soldiers on the LoC, border dwellers or civilians in the Kashmir valley, both the major opposition parties — National Conference (NC) and Congress — have got enough ammunition to take on the PDP-BJP coalition government.

To chalk out their strategy regarding the one-and-a-half-month-long budget session, the NC and the Congress held their legislature party meeting separately here in the winter capital and decided to push the government to the wall. Legislators of the NC met at their provincial headquarters, Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, whereas Congress held a meet at Radisson Blu Hotel.

“There are issues and issues all over as the government has failed on all fronts. First and the foremost issue is the killing of soldiers and civilians on the LoC from Poonch to Kargil and human rights violation in the Valley. The government hasn’t done anything to stop it,” Mian Altaf Ahmed, senior legislator of the National Conference, told The Tribune.

“Moreover, corruption has been legalised and political corruption has increased tremendously, backdoor appointments are being made, the government is only on papers and nothing is on ground,” he said, adding there was no clarity on the regularisation of 60,000 daily wagers.

The Congress party also thinks on the similar lines and want to corner the government on few more issues.

“We are going to expose the government on all fronts. Killing of soldiers on both the LoC and in the hinterland must be a record in itself. Civilian killings is also going unabated and there is no check on that,” Nawang Rigzin Jora, Congress Legislature Party leader, told The Tribune.

He said people of all three regions were feeling cheated and discriminated by this government. “Nobody is happy in Kashmir, Jammu or Ladakh. The recent advertisement of teachers’ posts, where the Ladakh region has been totally neglected and six districts of Jammu region have also been kept away, is the worst kind of discrimination,” Jora said.

He said Centre’s point man Dineshwar Sharma lacked focus and didn’t know what to do. “He doesn’t have any idea how to move forward,” the CLP leader said.

He termed the regularisation of daily wagers a joke and said the Congress would raise all these issue in the budget session.

Engineer Rashid, MLA, is preparing to raise the issue of human rights violations and the alleged excess by security forces.

“The government’s strategy is to negate whatever the opposition will say. It will talk about the improvement in the situation in Kashmir, regularisation of casual labourers and the return of militants to the mainstream. The holding of panchayat elections followed by the Urban Local Bodies polls will also be counted among the list of possible achievements of the government,” said Rashid.