Pandemonium marred Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra’s opening address to a joint session of the assembly here as the National Conference and Congress raised slogans before staging a walkout. As Vohra started his address at the beginning of the Budget session, members of the NC (National Conference) and Congress stood up shouting slogans against the PDP-BJP coalition government. They shouted ‘PDP-BJP Hai Hai’ and obstructed Vohra’s speech before walking out of the House. Vohra later delivered his address to the bicameral House.

The legislature was scheduled to take up obituary references to former members who passed away since it met the last time. Earlier, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was sworn in as a member of the state Legislative Council, the upper House. Tassaduq Mufti has already been inducted into the state cabinet and he has been assigned the tourism portfolio. Javaid Mustafa Mir, the PDP MLA from Chadoora was given the portfolios of disaster management, relief and rehabilitation and reconstruction, and floriculture. Mir was revenue minister in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed cabinet. 

Speaking to the media after staging a walkout from the legislature, Ali Muhammad Sagar, legislator and senior NC leader said: “We have walked out of the session against the failure of the state government. “State government has failed on every front. Today’s protest has been staged to tell the government that it has failed in giving even basic amenities to people.” Both the NC and Congress legislators staged a sit-in outside the legislature after walking out of the House. 

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