Oppn creates uproarious scenes during Governor’s address in JK

JKJAMMU: Opposition today created an uproar over issues of flood relief and removal of local work force from power projects during Governor N N Vohra’s address to joint houses of the state Legislature.

Led by NC member Ali Mohmmad Sagar and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Nawang Rigzin Jora, united NC and Congress members stood up from their chairs and raised the issue of the fate Rs 44,000 crore flood-relief package with the Governor while he was delivering the address.

“We had sent a Rs 44,000 crore proposal to Centre after being duly approved by the Cabinet. PM has offered help, flood relief to PoK in his address at the UN. But six months after the floods, nothing has been done so far for flood-relief. It is a cruel joke with the people,” Sagar said.

The uproar over the issue continued for over fifteen minutes but the Governor continued with his address with a stop.

“It was aimed to draw the attention of the Governor. We demand sanction of the relief package sent by us and grant it.

So that people hit by flood are compensated and get help” Sagar told reporters here today.

Earlier, Usman Majid of Congress and Nazir Gurezi of NC tried to disrupt Governor’s address as they stood from their chairs and protested for over five minutes the removal of over 1,000 local skilled and unskilled youth from NHPC projects by HCC.

“Instead of providing jobs, the government has disengaged over 1,000 local youth from NHPC project by HCC despite two and half years of contract period. Why locals were only removed. We held protests to draw attention of the Governor,” Usman Majid told reporters.

Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed repeatedly tried to disrupt the Governor by raking up demands on Afzal Guru, West Pak refugees.

“We demand mortal remains of Guru. We are against settlement of West Pak refugees in JK,” Rasheed said.

It drew a fierce reaction from BJP MLA Ravinder Raina who said that those who love Pakistan should leave the state, starting a verbal duel.

But the Governor completed his speech despite the interruptions.–PTI

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