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Oppn MLAs stage walkout as Budget Session ends in J-K

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The and Assembly's Budget Session here ended on a bitter note as opposition Congress, and CPI(M) members, barring one MLA, walked out from the House, accusing the of being biased.

Opposition members except National Conference (NC) MLA walked out of the House amid Gupta's concluding remarks, alleging that the was acting like a of the government, the and the

Lone, whose 'Zindabad' slogan on Saturday led to an uproar in the House, remained seated as his colleagues along with CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami and members walked out.

Interrupting the during his speech, Tarigami said "I am requesting that you are not a of a particular party. The budget was passed by the House and there is no need to repeat it."

"The speaker is the of the house and should behave like a non-party person," he said.

Legislature party also reacted sharply and asked the speaker "not to behave like he of the government."

Later talking to reporters outside the House, general secretary and MLA said that the speaker had vindicated his party's apprehension that he was "biased and acting like a member of and RSS" which he should not.

"Being a speaker he should be very impartial and it should look from his actions. His speech in the House was like he was reading the agenda of the the and Naturally, we have no course but to walk out to lodge our strong protest against the speaker," he said.

However, the supported the speech of Chief Minister that dialogue with is the only way forward.

Sagar said that she was right in saying that those who talk about dialogue are dubbed as "anti-national" which is wrong.

"She endorsed the statement of (NC president) Farooq Abdullah and (NC working president) that dialogue is the way forward and nothing will be achieved by killings, operations and crackdowns.

"It is the stand and agenda of the party that dialogue holds the key for of issue," he said.

Earlier in his speech, the speaker said he felt honoured to be given the post after getting elected for the first time.

"I made a sincere effort to uphold to fulfil my responsibility which you all know," Gupta said.

He read out a message from and sought support for various reforms and central initiatives to ensure 'Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas'

Gupta also hailed Mehbooba as the first woman chief minister of the state and talked about the initiatives her government has taken to counter the proxy war and carry forward the developmentalprojects.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:50 IST