Ex-Legislators Evicted From MLA Hostel To Accommodate Councillors


SRINAGAR — Former MLAs including those who were part of the As­sembly which was dissolved re­cently were on Thursday evicted from MLA Hostel Srinagar.

The eviction came on the direc­tions of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief Secretary BVR Subra­manyam. Many including former speaker of assembly and senior National Conference (NC) leader Mohammad Akbar Lone con­demned the eviction and termed the action as “illegal and unlawful.”

“MLA hostel is meant for the accommodation of MLAs but not the counsellors and corporators,” he said. Top sources disclosed that ex-MLAs were evicted and the va­cated rooms were allotted to new­ly elected counsellors and corpo­rators. Secretary Assembly, when contacted, confirmed that the Ex-MLAs have been evicted. “The Ex-MLAs have been evicted and rooms have been allotted to newly elected counsellors and corpora­tors on the directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief Secre­tary BVR Subramanyam. However 6-7 ex-MLAs were allowed to re­tain the accommodation on the basis of security threats.”

Reacting to the eviction, Akbar Lone said, “I condemn the action as the eviction is unlawful and illegal. MLA hostel is meant for MLAs and not counsellors and corporators. We are not opposed to any decision on accommoda­tion of counsellors and corpora­tors but they can’t be offered al­lotment in MLA hostel.”

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the, “Eviction of Ex-MLAs from the MLA Hostel is highly ob­jectionable and against the norms and procedures of the security categorization. We will take up the matter with the government at the highest level and ensure that Ex-MLAs who face a threat to their lives are brought back to their ac­commodations prior to eviction from the MLAs hostel. We are not against the accommodation of counsellors and corporators but they can’t be offered accommoda­tion in MLA hostel which is meant for accommodation of MLAs only.”

When contacted PDF chairman and former minister Hakim Mo­hammad Yasin said, “We agree that counsellors and corporators are to be provided accommoda­tion keeping in view the present hostile security atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir but they are not to be accommodated at MLA hostel which is meant for MLAs.” 

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