Pandemonium broke out in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday with the Opposition shouting slogans and staging a walkout during the joint address of Governor N.N. Vohra to the State legislature on the opening day of the Budget session.

As Mr. Vohra started his address, Opposition PDP, BJP, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), and Jammu State Morcha began demonstrations and sloganeering, accusing the state government of failing to check deteriorating law and order condition, among other issues.

Harshdev Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia and Yashpal Kundal of JKNPP staged a walkout in the Assembly followed by 11 members of BJP. PDP members continued their protest during the Governor’s address.

Mehbooba Mufti tried to disrupt Mr. Vohra’s speech and accused Omar Abdullah’s government of arresting youth branding them as “stone pelters”. “The state government has adopted a stone for bullet policy...,” she said.

Mr. Singh told reporters that “there is an increase in violence triggered by militants this year.” He said the party would raise the issue of price rise, Delimitation Commission and surrender policy on the floor of the House.