The PDP-BJP ruling coalition was embarrassed on Wednesday when a BJP MLA Sukhnandan Choudhary stormed into the Well of the Assembly, accusing the government of “biased approach” against his constituency in the Jammu division.
Sukhnandan walked into the Well twice accusing his own government of acquiring farmers’ lands for a pittance to construct the Ring Road and later walked out of the House after he did not get a satisfactory reply from the minister.
The House witnessed pandemonium for the second consecutive day as the opposition members belonging to Congress, National Conference (NC) and Independents trooped into the Well and raised slogans against the government after the Speaker Kavinder Gupta disallowed discussion on civilian killings and rise in terrorism-related incidents in Kashmir and ruled that the issue could be discussed during the Zero hour.
The opposition members were on their feet and created noisy scenes as the adjournment motion on the issue moved by the Congress, NC and Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami of CPM were rejected by the Speaker. The opposition members later walked out of the house.
The opposition members said there was a rise in incidents of terrorism after the PDP-BJP government came to power. About 400 persons, including security personnel and terrorists, were killed during 2017. Several security force personnel and civilians also lost their lives due to the increased number of incidents of shelling civilian areas by Pakistan troops. There were more than 515 incidents of firing and shelling on Indian villages in 2017 against 228 incidents in 2016.
The opposition members disrupted proceedings of the house during the question hour and demanded that the adjournment motion should be accepted for discussion on the alarming situation.