Autocrats Birthday: Speaker disallows Rasheed’s Resolution

Jammu: Speaker Kavinder Gupta Monday disallowed the resolution moved by independent lawmaker, Er Rasheed asking the house to oppose the resolution passed by Legislative Council seeking holiday on eve of Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday.

As soon as the house began its proceedings, Rasheed asked speaker to put the resolution to vote however speaker said that he has disallowed the resolution.

Rasheed lodged strong protest against Speaker’s decision and asked NC leader Omar Abdullah who was in the house to support the resolution.

However NC members didn’t support the resolution and Rasheed lashed out at Omar asking him not to befool Kashmiri people by playing Sheikh Abdullah’s card.

Rasheed said, “While majority of Kashmiris do believe Sheikh Abdullah to be root cause of all problems the state has been facing since 1947 but it is National Conference which has been talking about just one side of the coin by talking about Sheikh’s fights against Maharaja’s atrocities and cruelty. But now when Legislative Council is trying to glorify Maharaja, it was duty of the house especially the NC members to set the record right. However it is ironic that NC leaders do not have courage to move the resolution but keep a criminal silence over the resolution moved to oppose council’s resolution.”   Rasheed also came down heavily on PDP members for their claims that despite valley’s turmoil Jammu remained peaceful.

Rasheed asked PDP leaders not to forget that six Muslims including Ishtiyaq Chowdhary, Mohammad Yaqoob, Zahid Ahmad a teenager, a lady besides a Sikh youth were murdered during last two years in PDP’s regime in Jammu and there were organised incidents of violence against Muslims from Kishtwar to Pir Panchal.

He said minorities of Jammu are mum only for the fact that their voice is being suppressed and they are forced to keep mum.

Later, Rasheed walked out of the house as a mark of protest against disallowing the resolution and termed the rejection of resolution without voting murder of democratic traditions.

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