Sack "Corrupt" BJP MInister: Opposition Walks Out of JK Assembly
SRINAGAR: Seeking expulsion of a BJP minister accused of land grab, the Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday staged a walk-out from the lower house of the state legislature.
Moments after the house convened on Thursday morning for discussion on the budget, the Opposition members from Congress and National Conference stood up and started shouting slogans against the PDP-BJP coalition government.
The opposition members were demanding that the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti must sack Abdul Gani Kohli, MLA Kalakote and the only Muslim face from the BJP in the cabinet who is accused of land grab in Jammu region.
Following orders of the J&K High Court, a probe carried out by the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has reportedly established that Kohli, the animal husbandry minister in Mehbooba's cabinet, constructed huge educational complex on the forest land in Nowabad area of Jammu's Sunjwan.
"The enquiries conducted so far have established that the institutions are being owned and managed by the family members of Abdul Gani Kohli and the building complex has been raised on Khasra No.356 of village Nowabad, which according to the report of the Forest Department is forest land thereby substantiating the basic allegation,” the SVO report says.
Ankur Sharma, the petitioner in the case, has alleged that Kohli has grabbed more than 10 kanals of forest land in Khasra No.356/min at Nowabad, Sunjwan and constructed a multi storey building complex from where a BEd/ETT College, Para-Medical Institute, BN School and ATM of J&K Bank operate.
Shouting slogans like 'coalition sarkar haai haai' and 'choor sarkaar, haai haai', the opposition members stormed into the well of the house and demanded action against Kohli who was also present in the house.
In an attempt to contain the fire, consumer affairs minister Chaudhary Zulfkar Ali stood up and informed the house that the case against Kohli is sub-judice and it can't be discussed in the house.
The opposition members however demanded that the report of the inquiry carried out by the State Vigilance Organisation should be tabled in the house. Later, they staged walk-out from the house.
Kohli won from Kalakote Assembly segment in Rajouri district after defeating National Conference legislator Racchapl Singh.