Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, during a discussion on The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2023, sparked controversy.
His pointed remarks on former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's decisions regarding Jammu and Kashmir led to a significant walkout of Congress MPs from Parliament.
Amit Shah's Controversial Remarks
Shah attributed the longstanding issue of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) and the suffering in the region to two 'blunders' by Nehru. The first being an announcement of a ceasefire and the second, taking the Kashmir issue to the United Nations.
These assertions were made during the discussion of key Jammu and Kashmir Bills at the Parliament Winter Session, causing an uproar among opposition members.
Parliamentary Protest: A Walkout
In response to Shah's remarks, the opposition members took a stand. The Congress MPs raised their objections by walking out of the House following the passage of the Bills. Their departure was not a mere show of dissatisfaction but a strategic protest to highlight their dissent.
By vacating the parliamentary proceedings, they aimed to pressurize the ruling government and to draw attention to their concerns and the matters they stand for.
Implications and Next Steps
Despite the walkout, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Amendment Bill 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Amendment Bill 2023 were passed by the Lok Sabha.
The bills are set to be moved by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage. The opposition's walkout, while symbolic in nature, underscores the critical role of dissent in a democratic setup and sets the stage for future parliamentary debates.