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Oppn boycotts CM Mufti's reply on governor's address

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Opposition and today boycotted the reply of the on the governor's address accusing her of failing to give a statement in the on a civilian killing in south and walked out of the House.

Independent Rasheed, however, was in the and interrupted the speech of several times.

Earlier today, the Opposition and walked out of the and alleging the state government's "failure" in stopping civilian killings and human rights violations.

said in the Assembly that care was to be taken that the issue was not highlighted as a religious one as diversity was the strength of the people of the state.

Replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address, the chief minister welcomed Farooq Abdullah's reported remarks that Modi commanding an absolute majority in the parliament could resolve the Kashmir issue.

She said this is what her father had said many a times.

Members of and said that they hadboycotted the speech as the chief minister did not speak on the civilian killing issue.

"We raised the issue in the House over the civilian killing in south Kashmir yesterday. The chief minister should have come to the House and made a statement over this issue. But she will come to house later to give reply on governor's address. She should have come to the house as the issue was raised by opposition.

"So I will not listen to her address and will not be present in the house during the address", of opposition said in the Assembly as NC and Congress members continued to protest.

Soon and other NC and Congress members walked out. Later taking to reporters, said that they decided to keep away from the Assembly during address of CM to protest her failure to reply on the civilian killing.

He claimed that the security situation was deteriorating and the state has failed on all fronts.

"We had called for a separate discussion on the security situation in Congress and NC members brought an adjournment motion for holding the discussion. They declined it," he said.

Omar Abdullah said that yesterday, a youth was killed in Homshalibugh and added that the opposition wanted a reply from the

"We wanted that the chief minister, who is also the home minister and head of the unified command, should come to house and reply. She did not come to house", he said.

She should have come and given assurance about measures taken to stop the killings, he said.

We were forced to take a decision that we will not take part in her reply to the governor's address, he said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:25 IST