The J&K Legislative Assembly on Monday was disrupted by a protesting Opposition, who sloganeered against the government and disrupted the governor’s address.
The Opposition went on to the extent of disrespecting the national anthem as they kept chanting slogans even while it was being played. J&K Governor NN Vohra was forced to cut short his speech amidst the chaotic situation in the house.
The is the first incident where the national anthem had to be stopped for such an issue and the government has demanded an apology from the Opposition – National Conference and Congress – for disrespecting the national anthem and also for disrupting assembly proceedings.
Government spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said the episode was a regrettable one and asked them to apologise for their appalling act. He said: “we can’t teach these legislators who r in assembly for the last several years.”
On the other hand, the opposition said the government tried to sideline them during the session and that is why the protests were carried out.
Opposition party leaders also said that they did not disrespect the national anthem at any stage and that the BJP-PDP government was suppressing them by creating this controversy. In fact, the Opposition said the environment created by the government during the assembly was enough to trigger protests.
The protests were being carried out by the opposition parties due to the recent terror attacks and the situation of unrest in the Valley since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.