Stormy Assembly Session

News Kashmir Desk

The recently concluded Winter Assembly Session of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly at Winter capital Jammu witnessed much uproar and disruptions coupled with controversies and heated exchanges between members.

At the very start of session, With the Governor NN Vohra address to  the joint session of both the houses of state legislators  scenes of uproar and disruption were  witnessed inside the central hall of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly , all the legislators from opposition National Conference, Congress supported by others stood up and raised anti-government slogans. The opposition shouted slogans like , “PDP ka badlav kya , boli sai nahi goli sai”.

During the session, another controversy erupted when The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was adjourned amid opposition protests after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti blamed the National Conference for rigging elections and giving birth to militancy.”People who sowed seeds of secession by demanding plebiscite in the state also rigged elections in 1987 to give birth to militancy,” the Chief Minister told the house.NC reacted sharply. Pertinently, the National Conference members took strong exception to the remarks and started raising their voice.

In another related development that caught attention and  headlines , National Conference MLC Shauqat Hussain Ganai described in the Legislative Council the slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “martyr”, triggering protests from the ruling PDP and BJP.

Although, in an optimistic development on the 27th anniversary of migration of Pandits on 19th January ,2017  the Jammu and Kashmir government today passed a resolution in the state assembly for the return of Kashmiri migrants to the Valley.”A good conducive atmosphere should be created for their safe return to the valley, “J&K Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, announced in the house, during the ongoing winter session.

The real drama was witnessed when on 31 January the Jammu and Kashmir  Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took a strong stand on article 370.The very next day the Assembly witnessed violent protests on the remarks on Article 370 by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, forcing Speaker Kavinder Gupta to surprisingly and unexpectedly adjourn Assembly sine die.

As a matter of fact,  BJP MLA Rajiv Jasrotia had  took strong exception to Mehbooba’s remarks in Assembly  in which she had called those opposing Article 370 as “anti-national”.


Ajaz  War, a Journalist states -“Assembly session was marred by controversies .This Assembly session was  one of the major acid tests for the coalition partners BJP and PDP as the state is once again witnessing heated polity in wake of politics surrounding 2016 killings, refugee , separate settlements for Pandits. But, overall what one could mostly see in this session was ugly politics, aggressive behavior and mudslinging on one another. With the session ending prematurely showed that this was quiet stormy one .”

Political analysts have termed the recently concluded session as one of the stormy assembly sessions in state legislature history.