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 cant 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 cant 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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