NC, Congress fight it out in Assembly


Coalition members threaten each other with snapping ties

SRINAGAR: After surviving all the internal bickering, the differences between the coalition partners in the state government finally became public on Tuesday, when senior leaders and ministers of the two parties threatened each other with breaking ties.

Some senior ministers from both sides of the coalition even indulged in exchange of heated arguments, before Law and Parliamentary affairs Ministers intervened and pacified the situation during the proceedings of the state Assembly.

According to a reporter covering the proceedings of the lower house, the Controversy broke out, when the speaker Mubark Gull adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes at 10.23 am, after independent MLA Er. Rashid raised objection on disallowing of the resolution seeking return of the mortal remains of Parliament attack Convict, Mohammad Afazal Guru, who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail early last month. However the adjournment decision did not go well with the Congress members, prompting PHE Minster and senior Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma to stand up from his seat and raise objection about the decision.

Questioning the ability of the Speaker in conducting the proceedings, Sham while addressing Senior National Conference Minster Ali Mohammad Sagar, said that the speaker was deviating from the path. “Sagar Sahab, yeh speaker kya kar raha hai, yeh koi tareeka hai, business conduct karnay ka.” (Sagar Sahab, what is the speaker doing? is this way to conduct the business?)’ Sham said, adding that if National Conference was not willing to go along with the Congress, it was better for them (NC) to break ties.

Sham’s challenge of breaking ties, irked former speaker and Minster for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone, who told Sham to mend ways if they (Congress) want to continue with the arrangement. “Go, wherever you like, who has stopped you from doing so”, a visibly agitated Lone told sham.

Meanwhile joining the chorus, another senior leader of NC and Minster Nazir Ahmad Gurezi cautioned Congress to desist from blackmailing NC. “You can’t frighten us. Go and snap the ties if you want”.

The Lone, Gurezi duo were supported by senior leader S S Slathia, whereas Sham got the backing of Raman Bhalla, G.M Saroori and Mohammad Shareef Niyaz.

The situation was finally pacified after the intervention of Law and Parliamentary affairs Minster Mir Saifullah, who went personally to the seats of congress leaders and persuaded them. The proceedings were later resumed at 10.32 am.

Earlier Sham Lal Sharma said that Indian state was being abused on the floor of the house. Raman Bhallah while seconding Sharma said that MLA Engineer Rashid was openly tarnishing the Indian constitution. He added that NC had given a free play field to Engineer.

Meanwhile addressing media outside the house, Law and Parliamentary affairs Minster Mir Saifullah downplayed the incident and said that it was not going to affect the coalition. “Such things do happen, but it won’t affect our relations. We will complete the full term and will also form the next government jointly.” Mir told media men. (KNS) 


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