NC, Cong protest in J&K assembly over price rise

Mehbooba Mufti

Opposition National Conference and Congress legislators on Saturday protested in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly over the issue of price rise and staged a walkout.

As soon as the House met this morning, Congress MLAs raised the issue of rise in prices of essential commodities in the state and were joined by the NC legislators as they demanded a statement from the government. The MLAs raised the slogans of “sarkar ke hai achche din, baki sab ke bure din (good days are for the government, others have bad days)” and “Mehbooba ke raj mein, ration paani mehenga he (in Mehbooba Mufti s government, ration is costly)”.They also accused the government of diverting ration to poll-bound Anantnag Assembly constituency where the chief minister is in the fray. However, as Speaker Kavinder Gupta did not pay any heed to them, the protesting members tried to enter the well of the House but were stopped by Assembly marshals. They continued their protest for a while but when Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan asked the members to raise the issue in a proper manner rather than resorting to sloganeering and creating noise in the House, the opposition members staged a walkout.

“Let them raise the issue, we will answer. Why raise slogans? We want the opposition to raise issues here and that makes us happy,” Khan said as the opposition members walked out of the House.

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