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Omar's statement: Ruckus in House; shutdown called

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Srinagar, Oct 7 (IBNS): A political storm brewed in Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday over chief minister Omar Abdullah’s statement in the state Assembly a day ago with the Opposition creating a ruckus in the House and calling for a Jammu shutdown on Friday.

Opposition Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs tried to storm into the Well of the House on Thursday, protesting Omar’s speech on Wednesday in reply to a two-day debate on the prevailing law and order situation in the state.

Marshals were called to take out the protesting MLAs and in the melee, a JKNPP and three BJP legislators reportedly got injured, BJP leaders claimed later.

The BJP has decided to boycott the Assembly session, which ends on October 9.

Meanwhile, the JKNPP called for a Jammu shutdown on Friday over the same issue.

“We have made an appeal to all the political parties, nationalists, patriotic people, youth and student organisations to observe a joint bandh tomorrow in Jammu against anti-national, anti-India and communally provocative statement of Omar Abdullah in Legislative Assembly yesterday,” JKNPP chairman Bhim Singh said.

Singh said Omar’s terming accession by Maharaja Hari Singh in 1947 as a conditional agreement violates the oath of the allegiance for the Constitution of India that the Chief Minister had taken.

Winding up the two-day debate, Omar had reiterated that dialogue was the only way to resolve the outstanding issues in the state, while affirming that the state government will continue to work for the benefit of its people.

“It (Kashmir) is an outstanding issue which needs to be resolved. It is a political issue and cannot be addressed through development, employment or good governance only,” he said.

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