NC to boycott rest of Assembly session
SRINAGAR: Amid pandemonium in the Legislative Assembly, opposition National Conference, Tuesday announced a boycott of the rest of the Assembly session. The partys decision is in the nature of a protest against the decision of the speaker who suspended two of their party members for allegedly violating the norms and rules of the House.
As Assembly proceedings started at 10 am in the morning, both National Conference and Congress members stood up and demanded discussion over Article 35 A and the issue relating to casual laborers.
National Conference legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar accused Speaker of choking the voice of the law makers. He said that it will have serious ramifications if the Speaker continues to muzzle the voice of the Opposition leader. We dont under the House with bombs. We just want to talk within the ambit of Indian Constitution, Sagar addressed the Speaker. He added that during NC-Cong rule, PDP was given ample space and time to express their views. Allow our opposition leader to start discussion on Article 35A, Sagar said.
Legislators Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and Hakim Muhammad Yasin also requested Speaker to resume the business and allow discussion on Article 35A. Congress members including GM Saroori and Asghar Ali Karbalai raised the issue of casual labourers and demanded discussion on the problems faced by them.
When Speaker disallowed the discussion, the Congress members stormed into the Well and later on all the members of the National Conference except Muhammad Shafi Uri and Omar Abdullah came into Well to press for their demands.
Amid chaotic atmosphere, Law Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari alleged that opposition members have no issue at all and are disrupting the routine business of the House. There is no need to adjourn the Question Hour. Let the Question Hour conclude, we are ready to discuss everything, he said adding that the issue relating to Article 35A is subjudice and the government is duty bound to safeguard the interests of the people of the State.
Another ruling member Imran Raza Ansari accused the previous government of fraud and said that these parties have sucked the blood of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they believe in exploitative politics. You are burglars and you have used people for petty politics, Ansari retorted at opposition members who continued to raise anti-government slogans.
Independent member Er Rashid and NC legislator Altaf Kaloo according to sources disrupted the speech of R&B Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari and even tried to switch off his mike. Altaf Kaloo jumped over the benches and stormed into the Well many times while the opposition members then staged parallel proceedings in the well of the House. A chair was placed at the opposite end of the Assembly hall for former Speaker and NC MLA Mubarak Gul to preside over the proceedings. Though the chair was immediately removed by the assembly staff, Gul conducted mock proceedings with protesting MLAs. NC legislators Kaloo and Abdul Majid Bhat Larmi tore the papers into pieces and tried to snatch the address system of the Speaker. The Marshalls dragged them out form the House to maintain order.
Soon after the incident, the Speaker issued an order informing the House about the suspension of Kaloo and Larmi.
Reacting over the decision, the National Conference leader Omar Abdullah announced that they will boycott the rest of the session. He led a walkout of partymen accusing the Speaker of choking the voice of the Opposition members. “This Speaker is hiding behind the Supreme Court and the garb of something being sub-judice. The person compromising the decorum of the House is the Speaker,” Omar said.
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