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JK Assembly turns into battlefield

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JK Assembly turns into battlefield

Scuffles, abuses mark the adjournment sine die

Omar, Jora, Tarigami slam Govt, Naeem finds faults with Opp

Tawi, February 01: Amidst pandemonium and uproarious scene, the Speaker of Jammu and Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today adjourned the house sine die unexpectedly and surprisingly.

“The Speaker in exercise of powers conferred on him under rule 16 of the rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly adjourned the House sine-die today-on 1st February, 2017,” a bulletin issued by Assembly Secretariat stated.

The Speaker Assembly adjourned the House for half an hour but much before the opposition members started stepping out from the house, there was a clash between the Forest Minister and NC MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone as they virtually came to blows after the House was adjourned for half an hour.  Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and PDP MLA Javed Mustafa Mir prevented the situation from getting worse.

Following this verbal dual which both the opposition and treasury benches started scuffling with each other and most of the members were seen pulling out mikes from the desks and throwing chairs.

What looks like a street fight scene, there was total chaos and free for all situation during the pandemonium as National Conference and Congress MLAs stormed into the Well of the House, tore off papers, flung chairs and mikes and threw tables seeking clarification from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over her remarks that those trying to aborgate Article 370 are anti-nationals.

In the ensuing scuffle between the Opposition members and marshals, one of the marshals was injured.

Similar, uproarious scene was witnessed in the J&K Legislative Council also called upper house where the Congress and NC members gathered in the well and uprooted the their mikes and desks.

Talking to reporters outside the Assembly, leader of the main opposition party and National Conference working President Omar Abdullah accused Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her government of using Speaker for hiding the failures of the government.

“It is for the first time in the legislative history of the country that Speaker of any Assembly adjourned the House on the directions of the Chief Minister and the parliamentary affairs minister before the scheduled time,” Omar said and added, “Calendar for the Assembly session comes from the government and it is for the government to ensure the completion of the session in the given time”.

Alleging that Speaker didn't even today clarify his ruling on the expunging of the remarks of the Chief Minister, Omar said it is distressing that Speaker even today threatened to expunge the remarks of the Chief Minister and as such opposition wanted Chief Minister to come to the house to clarify her stand on her statement.

Replying to a question Omar Abdullah said for the first time I saw some ministers coming to blows and hurling abuses on the members of the assembly.

Disclosing that if need arises National Conference will work in coordination with Congress on the future course of action, Omar said “there is no need to hit streets as people are already suffering from pain and agony but we would use other means to highlight the issue of Article 370 in appropriate forums”.

In reply to a question on the deferment of parliamentary bye-elections Omar said “The government which could not face the assembly can't dare to face elections and so anything is expected from the government which has failed on all fronts”.

Endorsing Omar Abdullah on the role of the Government in adjournment of the House sine die Congress legislature party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora told that the adjournment of the House sine die in violation of constitutional procedures is a murder of democracy.

He said that while leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah wanted clarification from the Speaker on verification of records of the Chief Minister's remarks on Article 370 and the personal appearance of Chief Minister, the Speaker Assembly on the whims and wishes of the government adjourned the House sine die without following the proper procedure.

Dubbing the Speaker an RSS man, Jora said “Marshals were kept alert to harass the opposition members. We asked the Speaker to summon Police, Army and pellets to beat the opposition members. This is a black day in the parliamentary history of the country. Government has failed and so has the Speaker in conducting the proceedings of the House.

CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while talking to reports outside the Assembly said that adjournment of the House sine die is violation of the constitutional procedures and murder of democracy.

Tarigami blamed the government and the Speaker for adjournment of the house before the scheduled time. He said as per constitution Speaker was obliged to summon business advisory meeting which among others is represented by ministers but without folding business advisory council meeting he adjourned the House in violation of given procedure and rules.

Countering the opposition claims, the Education Minister and Government Spokesman Naeem Akhtar here blamed the opposition for sine die adjournment of the House by the Speaker as he said that for the first time in the parliamentary history of the State even the staff members of the Assembly secretariat present in the House to record the proceedings were physically assaulted.

Claiming that Speaker had already said that he has not expunged the remarks of the Chief Minister yet the opposition unnecessarily created pandemonium which forced Speaker to adjourn the house sine die.

Speaking to reporters outside the Assembly Complex after sine die adjournment of the Assembly, Akhtar said “some senior members who have been ministers in the past came to blows, assaulted even the staff members of the Assembly secretariat recording proceedings and assaulted some members of the treasury benches. In this atmosphere the house could not run its business as scheduled. The House has already completed its business and government wanted to discuss other issues including those having political ramifications”.

Alleging that opposition was on hunt for an issue and followed a wrong path to make an issue, Akhtar said “whatever happened is very unfortunate and should not have happened”. On Speaker's ruling over CM's Article 370 remark, Akhtar said “Speaker had given his clarification and nothing was left for the opposition to be aggrieved. Chief Minister's remark on Article 370 is a unique definition of the special status Jammu and Kashmir is enjoying within the constitution of ”. He also said Speaker has the discretion to take a decision on expunging the remarks of the Chief Minister and he has emphatically clarified what he had said on the floor of the House.

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