Masoodi Raises J&K Situation In LS

National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi speaks in the Lok Sabha | File Photo

New Delhi: Opposition members in Lok Sabha on Thursday criticised the Union Budget as disappointing and hit out at the government’s policies, even as BJP leaders put up a strong defence saying that different sections of the society have praised the budget.

During a discussion on the budget, National Conference’s Hasnain Masoodi also lauded the budget, saying a better one could not have been presented under the circumstances dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, however, used the occasion to highlight the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that silence has been imposed there following the revocation of its special status and this should not be construed as peace.

Peace and development go hand in hand, and there can be no development without peace, Masoodi said, claiming that over 400 people, including many security personnel, have been killed there in last one year with urban areas like Jammu and Srinahar accounting for 20 per cent of incidents.

Statistics show there is no peace in Jammu and Kashmir, he alleged.

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