SRINAGAR: The ruling National Conference today moved breach of privilege motion in the State Legislative Assembly against former Army Chief V K Singh for leveling allegations that money was being paid to ministers in the state for various purposes.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mir Saifullah informed the House, which began its seven-days autumn session today, that National Conference members have moved a privilege motion against Singh, demanding a stern action against him.
Saifullah said: All the sitting and former ministers of National Conference have signed on this privilege motion seeking a stern action against former Army Chief for his irresponsible remarks. Now as per rules, the Honorable Speaker will issue a notice to Singh.
The issue surfaced in the House while obituary references were being made by the Members on the demise of Dharam Chander Prashant former Member Parliament, Daya Krishan Kotwal former MLC and Ghulam Nabi Shora ex-secretary Legislative Assembly.
The Speaker Mubarak Gul informed the House that he has received the privilege motion and will take a decision after going through it. "I have received the motion but I have not gone through it yet. Once I go through it, I will come back to the House," Gul said.
Although, law minister intervened saying that members who are given chance to speak should confine themselves to obituary references only but almost all members except BJP leaders raked up the issue of armys payoffs to Jammu and Kashmir politicians.
Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said the allegations made by Singh were uppermost in the minds of the members of the House as the former army chief has behaved irresponsibly not bothering for its serious implications for prestige of the country and the legislature particularly belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.
"I want that the former army chief should be made to stand before this august House and answer for his irresponsible utterances. That is why we have signed on the privilege motion against him and we want Honorable Speaker to proceed against him, he added.
PDP seeks discussion on Army funding report
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today served two motions in the legislative Assembly and Council to discuss the recent expose made about the extra constitutional methods adopted in J&K reportedly since 1947 to subvert democratic system in the state. The party served notice for special discussion in the subject.
The party also filed an adjournment motion for discussing the series of killings of innocent people in incidents at Gool, Kishtwar, Shopian and Markundal Bandipora, which have compounded sense of insecurity among masses.
The party Chief Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said these notices have been submitted to the speaker of the Legislative Assembly today. According to him similar notices have been submitted to the Chairman of Legislative Council for discussion in the upper House.
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