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Protests rock LA over Army chief’s remarks

Protests rocked the Legislative Assembly today over the remarks of Army chief as the opposition National Conference created ruckus and staged walk-out from the House demanding statement from the government over the issue.

Gen Bipin Rawat had on Friday said social media and government schools in the state were spreading a “disinformation campaign” resulting in radicalisation of youths.

In his statement, he had also called for “some control” over Masjid and Madrassas in the state and suggested a “major revamp” of the education system.

As the House assembled for the day, members of NC stood up and raised the issue of remarks of Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat and sought statement from the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti or any other minister.

Notably, the Education Minister Altaf Bukhari had then accused the Army of “meddling in the state’s affairs”.

Speaking on the issue in Assembly, NC MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar told House that Army chief’s statement is sad and unwarranted and that he should not have given such a statement which send a wrong message to Kashmir.

CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami also criticised the statement and sought a reply from the government.

Amid protests, NC members were up on their feet in opposition as they sought statement from the CM over the issue.

After it was rejected, they staged walkout from the House.

Speaking to reporters, Sagar said there is problem in the government and that the ruling alliance partners are not discussing the issue within.

“They (PDP and BJP) are not discussing issues within. Centre says one thing, army other, home ministry another, state government other. They have different directions,” he said.

He also added that there is no radicalisation is Kashmir, and dismissed the statement as “manufactured propaganda” aimed to target Kashmir and Kashmiris.

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