Hope Speaker Keeps His Word: Mehbooba

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SRINAGAR: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said that National Conference (NC) once again got exposed in the Legislative Assembly after Speaker Mubarak Gul and Law Minister spoke in different tones. 

She said that PDP has been assured by the Speaker that former Indian Army chief General V K Singh would be summoned within a month.

Addressing media persons at her Gupkar residence, she said that NC once again played a ‘drama’ in the House over the issue of privilege motion. “Speaker changed statements thrice. He first stated that he will write a letter then changed his statement. Law Minister said that Speaker would summon retired general V K Singh, it was after our legislators stormed into the well of the House thrice that finally the Speaker said that he will summon former army chief within a month,” Mehbooba said.

She said that PDP would hope that the Speaker fulfills his commitment so that all faces who have ‘taken money’ from the army in 2010 would get exposed.  “I must say that retired army general is a tip of ice berg. There are other agencies who are playing their part in Kashmir to manipulate the democratic institutions,” she said.

Mehbooba further said that it has always been a policy of New Delhi to manipulate and fiddle with the Jammu and Kashmir’s democratic set-up through money and power. “Due to that Kashmir’s lost faith in Delhi and Delhi lost faith in Kashmiris. It is a very serious matter and is on since 1947,” she said.

Asked why PDP did not move a privilege motion against the former army chief, she said that the House was not anybody’s property. “We had moved an adjournment motion on which there was a threadbare discussion after which a resolution was passed. Now that NC had moved a privilege motion, we played our part as a responsible opposition,” she said. 

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