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Uproar in J&K assembly

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 01, 2013
First Published: 19:37 IST(1/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:41 IST(1/10/2013)

Jammu and Kashmir assembly is likely to allow a full discussion on the privilege motion against former army chief General VK Singh.

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Speaker Mubarak Gul assured the house after there was an uproar in the assembly on Tuesday over a privilege motion.

Several National Conference MLAs demanded that the former army chief be summoned to the house.
The motion moved by the National Conference (NC) wants the House to summon Gen VK Singh over his allegations that the army pays state politicians.

The NC demanded that Gen Singh explain his statement in the House and name politicians involved.
Following demands by the House the speaker assured that the former army chief would be summoned.
In interviews to national news channels, General Singh had said that money was being paid to most ministers in Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh had said that money was essential to stabilise the youth in terror-struck areas and to get them engaged in useful acts and it was given by the Army for this purpose.

The admission by combative former army chief general about the army having given money to J&K politicians, however, kicked off a furore with politicians from various parties demanding answers from him.

The admission came after an internal army inquiry, published by a Delhi-based newspaper recently that Singh had paid state minister Ghulam Hassan Mir Rs. 1.19 crore in 2010 to topple the Omar Abdullah government.

Meanwhile, the main Opposition PDP has moved an adjournment motion demanding a debate over the killings of civilians, which took place in J&K.

The speaker has allowed PDP's adjournment motion on civilian killings.

BJP stages walkout

BJP, however, staged a walkout after the speaker rejected their adjournment motion over chief minister Omar Abdullah's comments about accession of the state to India.

The BJP MLAs had submitted an adjournment motion on Monday demanding a discussion on remarks made by the CM on the conditional accession of Jammu and Kashmir to union of India during a meeting with a European Union Delegation.


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