The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today deferred till Monday the discussion on allegations levelled by former army chief General (Retd) VK Singh that politicians in the state were paid money by the army to get certain jobs done.
The decision was announced by Speaker Mubarak Gul after several MLAs from Jammu sought the postponement of the discussion in view of Navratras beginning today.
As soon as the House assembled, BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria pleaded that the discussion on the issue, which was listed for second sitting of the House today, be deferred till Monday.
Khajuria got support from opposition PDP members and CPI(M) MLA MY Tarigami, who said religious sentiments of the concerned members should be respected.
Law minister Mir Saifullah said the government had no objection if the Speaker deferred the discussions.
The speaker had yesterday announced the discussions on the allegations would be held today.
The issue was raised in the House by PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, who said, "Our image has been maligned by his (Singh's) allegations. I want to know when you are going to conduct the discussion."
A report in a national English daily last month claimed that a secret army intelligence unit, set up during Gen Singh's tenure as the Chief of Army Staff, paid money to a Jammu and Kashmir minister to topple the Omar Abdullah-led government in 2010.
Gen (Retd) Singh has rejected the allegations that money was paid to topple the government of the day and later clarified that funds had been given to many ministers in the state right since Independence to get certain jobs done.
The ruling National Conference has demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations. The ministers of the ruling party have also moved a privilege motion against the former srmy chief, which is pending before the Speaker for a ruling.