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Afzal Guru clemency plea fails in J&K assembly

The clemency petition on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru now cannot be taken up in this Jammu and Kashmir assembly session, which ends on October 4. Toufiq Rashid reports.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2011 01:33 IST
Toufiq Rashid

The clemency petition on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru now cannot be taken up in this Jammu and Kashmir assembly session, which ends on October 4.

After MLA Engineer Abdul Rasheed, who does not belong to any party, moved the petition on Wednesday, the BJP and Congress clashed repeatedly, smashing furniture and mikes, leading to an adjournment of the house.

"The law doesn't allow me to take up the resolution in this session but it can be taken up again in the next session," assembly speaker Akbar Lone said.

If a resolution by a private member is not voted on, it lapses for the session.

The BJP, in accordance with its party line, was opposing the petition while the Congress sought to turn the tables on the party by questioning why some of its members were expelled because they allegedly cross-voted in a legislative council election in April.

Both the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and Rasheed said the matter was stage-managed.

"The entire drama was staged to sabotage the resolution," said Rasheed. "I have full faith in the Constitution but one has to see the consequences of hanging Guru as well," he added.

The PDP has also accused the state government, led by the National Conference, of scuttling the debate and vote. "The National Conference choreographed the entire show and everybody including Congress and BJP played its part," said party president Mehbooba Mufti.

The speaker initially adjourned the house for half an hour because the disruption started even before the question hour could begin. The assembly was finally adjourned for the day after repeated pleas from the speaker failed to restore order.