Speaker Has No Authority To Expunge CM’s Remark Over Article 370: Tarigami

Srinagar: CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami on Tuesday said the speaker of the legislative assembly was not authorised to expunge the remarks made by the chief minister on the floor of the house.

Mehbooba Mufti who is also leader of the house had earlier said that those advocating scrapping of the Article 370 are ‘anti nationals.’ Later her remarks were expunged by the speaker after uproar by the BJP.

Tarigami said the recent action by the speaker and opposition by the BJP members vindicate that the coalition is at logger heads and it is the alliance for the chair and not for protecting JK’s special status.

The veteran legislator asked Mehbooba Mufti to clear the air and come forward so that the ruckus being witnessed in the assembly would cease to exist over the issue. “We have bee maintaining since day one that the present alliance between the BJP and the PDP would not work and this is the first major signal in this regard. Both parties are ruling the state- one wants scarping JK’s special status while the other claims to be its protector. This chaos and confusion is leading the state towards anarchy and this has to end sooner the better,” Tarigami said.

Pertinently, the legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the proceedings of the house twice after opposition created uproar over the demand of BJP MLA for expunging remarks of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Article 370 on Tuesday.

BJP MLA Rajiv Jasrotia had demanded that the Speaker should expunge statement of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Article 370 who had said that those people who are speaking for abrogation of article 370 are anti-national.

Leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah stood up and said that it is for the first time that speaker is talking about expunging the remarks of the leader of the house.

He sought immediate response of the Chief Minister to the Speaker’s remark and she should clarify whether she stands by his remark or not.

The entire opposition stood up and amid uproarious scenes speaker had to adjourn house for half an hour twice each time fifteen minutes.

The opposition asked Chief Minister to quit then to refute her remark.

When the house resumed its proceedings for the third time Speaker told the opposition that he had not directed for expunging of Chief Minister’s statement but is studying the rules and procedures on expunging of the remarks of the leader of the house. (KNS)

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