A day before the commencement of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session, the opposition BJP has submitted a no-confidence notice against the Omar Abdullah government accusing it of failing on all fronts.
The notice for the motion was given by leader of the BJP in the State Assembly Chaman Lal Gupta on Tuesday.
“This government is a total failure and has been absent and invisible over the past four months. So we have given a no-confidence motion against it,” Mr. Gupta, a former Union Minister said.
He said the Omar Abdullah government has lost the confidence of the people and should have resigned on its own.
“This government has failed to check separatism in the Valley, resulting in so many deaths, loss of property, setback to economy and damage to education system,” Mr. Gupta said.
Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone said he has received the notice and referred it to his secretariat for examination and added that he would take a decision in two to three days.
In the 87-member House, BJP with only 11 members, needs support from other opposition parties like Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and National Panthers’ Party (NPP) for introduction of the motion.
“We need 23 members to support the motion at the time of introduction in the Assembly so that it can be taken up for discussion. We want to see which side of the fence other opposition parties are,” Mr. Gupta said.
He said the aim of the motion was to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation in the Valley.
“There is a Jammu Bandh tomorrow, natural calamity has struck in Ladakh region while the Valley has been disturbed for four months now and this Government is still talking about holding (Panchayat) elections. How can elections be held when all three regions of the state are in turmoil?” he asked.
The Speaker had convened an all party meeting here yesterday in the run up to the session, but PDP and NPP stayed away. However, other parties assured full cooperation in the smooth conduct of the proceedings.