Srinagar: Acrimonious scenes marked the first day of Budget session of the state Legislative assembly as the Jammu based opposition parties including Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a walkout to boycott the Governorâ€™s address.
Correspondent said all the BJP, JKNPP and Jammu State Morcha members boycotted Governor N N Vohraâ€™s joint address to the state Assembly protesting the impediments by the state government to hoist the tricolor on January 26 in Lal Chowk here.
They said that BJP members, eleven in all, arrived on foot in the Assembly, sporting the national tricolor on their chests.
As the proceeded towards the central halls of Legislature, they started slogans like â€˜Azad Hindustan Nahi nahi sahain gay Tirangay Ka Apmaan (Independent India will not tolerate insult to tricolour) and Vande Mataramâ€™ when Governor N N Vohra was about to begin his joint address.
â€œWe protested against the insult to National flag and accession remarks by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,â€ BJP leader Ashok Khujuria told reporters.
He said that there was no need to discuss anything on integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. â€œJammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and there is no need to discuss anything questing it,â€™ he said.
JKNPP also boycotted the address and staged a sit-in in front of the Assembly in protest against the alleged failure of the state government on â€œall frontsâ€.
â€œThere is no governance in Jammu and Kashmir. Writ of Government is not seen on the ground. Discrimination continues with Jammu as one lakh employments were announced by PM for Kashmir ignoring Jammu,â€ JKNPP leader Harsh Dev Singh told reporters.
The largest opposition, PDP maintained total calm and listened to address by governor peacefully.
The Legislative Assembly also paid rich tributes to former legislator and Congress leader Ghulam Hassan Arman.
Moving obituary reference, Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone termed his demise as a great loss to the people of the State in general and Kishtwar in particular.
Arman said born in 1937, Arman was elected MLA in 1983 on congress ticket and MLC in 1989.