Opposition demands action against ministers

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Jammu, Jan 28: Demanding action against the ministers allegedly involved in bunglings in the Forest Department, opposition National Conference today staged a walkout against ruling Congress led coalition government claiming that no concern has been shown on the ''Kundal Report'' on corruption in the ongoing Jammu and Kashmir Legislature Assembly.

As soon as the House resumed proceedings after more than two hours adjournment, the Leader of the opposition in the House, Abdul Rahim Rather said opposition is ready to participate in the discussion but the ministers should be dropped from the House, unless they were proved innocent.

''We want Mr Azad, to promise on the floor of the House that if the ministers were found involved in the bunglings, he will take action against them,'' Mr Rather said asserting that government funds have been misappropriated by the ministers in the Forest Department and Mr Azad should not shield the tainted ministers.

''There will be no compromise from our side, we will not dilute the issue and restrict to our demand. The government has to take action against the ministers on the basis of ''Kundal Report'', which has made things transparent about the involvement of Mr Mohd, Afzal Qazi and Mr Tariq Hameed Qarra,'' NC leader alleged.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the final judgment cannot be delivered without discussion. ''I am not in a position to say anything without talks. You (NC) participate in discussion and the decision will be finalised,'' Mr Azad said.

Not satisfied with the reply from the Chief Minister, the members of the opposition created an uproar in the House and staged a walkout demanding action against the ministers.

Earlier in the morning, as soon as Speaker Tara Chand took his chair, ruckus and shouts were witnessed in the Legislative Assembly. The opposition alleged that the government is protecting the ministers.

''The government has to take a decision over the resignations of the ministers. Chief Minister has to keep his words,'' the members of the opposition shouted. Meanwhile privailing Mr Tara Chand to announce half an hour adjournment of the House, which continued for more than two hours.


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