Srinagar: MLAs of BJP and Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party today staged a brief walkout from the J&K legislative assembly over delay in establishing a Central University in the Jammu region.
Soon after the question hour, BJP member Chaman Lal Gupta sought a statement from the government over the reasons for not establishing the Central University in Jammu.
“All the Central Universities are functional barring the two sanctioned for the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Gupta said.
He said while the delay in Kashmir was understandable due to the ongoing unrest, the people of Jammu were being punished for sins committed by others.
“What is the sin of the areas where there is no militancy and peace prevails. Instead of benefiting the peaceful areas, you (government) are punishing them for sins of others,” Gupta said.
The BJP leader alleged that the government was ignoring the Jammu region just because Kashmir is not peaceful.
Gupta was supported by other members of his party with Ashok Khajuria alleging that a conspiracy was being hatched against Jammu region. Later the BJP members shouted slogans and called for an end to the “discrimination” against the City of Temples.
The BJP members then staged a walkout from the House even before the government could respond, prompting Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone to say that “they only want to create news”.
State finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather said the Central Universities were governed by the Centre itself and he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the Union government.
“I will collect the details to give an accurate reply to the queries of the members,” he said, adding the MLAs who walked out on the proceedings were not bothered about interests of Jammu but only to create “news”.
Two members of NPP also staged a walkout soon after Rather’s reply.
However, all the opposition members returned to the house within three minutes.