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Abuses, fans fly in J&K House

The level of debate in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly fell to the abysmal level on Monday after the speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone traded abuses with senior opposition leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2011 00:09 IST
Ashiq Hussain

The level of debate in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly fell to the abysmal level on Monday after the speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone traded abuses with senior opposition leader Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari.

Such an exchange has happened for the first time in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly leaving the legislatures as well as the people in the gallery shell shocked.

The assembly session started in the morning with the demand of People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti asking for an adjournment motion and suspension of the question hour for a discussion over the "mysterious death" of 61-year-old National Conference worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf.

The demand was rejected by the speaker.

Senior PDP leader Moulvi Iftikhar Ansari questioned the speaker as to why he adjourned the house when the resolution seeking clemency for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was tabled.

"Why can't we have an adjournment motion today," Iftikhar said.

This enraged the speaker leading to an unprecedented exchange of un-parliamentary language in the house. Although what Iftikhar said could not be heard but the speaker's response shocked the whole assembly.

Iftikhar hurled a fan towards the speaker's chair which fell into the well of the house.

The Speaker later "regretted" for his utterances and urged media not to carry the exchange of words.

"I regret what happened in the beginning. I have great regard for Molvi sahib. We have spent time together. I have offered namaz behind him. He is a buzurg," Lone said.

"These are human weakness but I shouldn't have given in to provocation," he added.

All in all the assembly was adjourned four times in a session of four hours with no business except pandemonium, tearing of house papers and PDP members jumping into the well of the house demanding the identification of "killers" of Yousuf.

Ansari later said he had no regrets for hurling the fan at the speaker.

"He was saved by God," he said.

"This is the kind of people NC is full of, speaker who abuses and other members who appreciate such language," he added.