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J-K legislators seek action against top bureaucrat

india Updated: Mar 29, 2011 19:47 IST
Arteev Sharma

The State Legislative Assembly was on Tuesday adjourned amid massive uproar and pandemonium for whole day as the legislators of Opposition as well as treasury benches boycotted the House proceedings to protest alleged "misbehaviour" and "humiliation" with the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA by a senior bureaucrat (IAS officer).

The angry legislators also made it clear that they would not allow the House to function unless "strict action" was initiated against the "arrogant" bureaucrat.

As soon as the House assembled in the morning for the day's business, the BJP legislator Lal Chand was on his toes and narrated how he was "insulted" and "humiliated" by the Principal Secretary for Health and Medical Education R K Jerath in his office chamber.

"I was insulted and humiliated by Principal Secretary of Health Department when I went to his office chamber for official purpose. I sought a meeting with him to sort out an issue of his constituency," Lal Chand said, adding, "The senior bureaucrat humiliated and told me to get out and come later. It seems there is bureaucratic rule in the state."

He was supported by the legislators cutting across party affiliations and all of them in unison demanded stern action should be taken against the bureaucrat in order to restore image of the MLA and prevent recurrence of such incidents in near future.

The Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone made repeated appeals to the legislators to take their seat and restore normalcy in the House but all in vain.

"He is an upright officer and if he has done this, it is quite objectionable and condemnable. Until and unless I hear the other side (health minister), I will not take action. No one side action will be taken," the Speaker said.

One of the senior member of the ruling National Conference Mir Saifullah remarked, "You said the officer is upright but it does not mean he misbehave with the legislators and public representatives."

The furore and pandemonium continued for over 15 minutes as all members of the House, except ministers, were on their toes accusing bureaucrats of undermining the respectability of the legislators and often ignoring them.

With the Speaker pressing for listening to the health minister's statement, the MLAs created ruckus and later staged a walkout from the House. As there was no quorum inside the House, the Speaker adjourned the House

The ministers who were sitting in the House alone for over one and half an hour also chose to leave, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day.

Later JKNPP legislator Harshdev Singh said members have decided to boycott the proceedings of the House unless action was initiated against the official.