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Mehbooba Mufti tries to snatch mike from J&K House Speaker

india Updated: Jul 27, 2009 14:34 IST
Mehbooba Mufti

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Pandemonium broke out in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday over the Shopian case with opposition PDP members trooping into the well of the House and trying to snatch the Speaker's microphone.

Trouble started shortly after the House assembled this morning on the opening day of the budget session with National Conference (NC) member Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan trying to draw the attention of Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone to an "important issue" which was objected to by the PDP members.

They trooped into the well of the House saying the Shopian rape and murder case involving two women was more important than anything else.

Led by their leader Mehbooba Mufti, the 21-member PDP group raised slogans like "Shopian kay katiloon ko pesh karo" (bring to book the culprits in the Shopian case).

As Mehbooba tried to snatch the mike of the Speaker, Lone directed the watch and ward staff to remove the agitating PDP members from the House.

The watch and ward staff assisted by security personnel escorted the members out of the House.

Mufti also claimed that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was sitting there watching the Speaker using "derogatory language" against the leader of the largest opposition without registering any protest.

"He (the Speaker) should have had more patience. I had no other way. I never threw the mike at him, I just trashed the mike. I wanted to tell him that if you are ready to use force, we can also use force. This is not the way to behave with a lady," she said.

Before directing the eviction of the PDP members, the Speaker, while pointing towards Mufti, said, "I name you, please take your seat."

While the rest of the PDP members were escorted out, Mufti resisted for few minutes to which Lone said, "Take this lady out."

Taking a strong exception to the behaviour of PDP members, the Speaker said he will not allow the House to function at the "sweet will" of the treasury or the opposition benches.

The three-member National Panthers Party also moved into the well of the House and raised slogans. They too were taken out of the House by the watch and ward staff.

Earlier, when the House met at 10 AM, leader of the 11-member BJP legislature group Chaman Lal Gupta accused the Speaker of skipping the Question Hour.

He said there was no need for the members to submit their questions if they could not raise them.

At this, the Speaker said, "How do you presume that the Question Hour has been skipped? There will be Question Hour."

Alleging that her party had been treated with "high-handedness", Mufti accused the Chief Minister of "watching all this. He was enjoying the whole thing".

Claiming that there was a direction from the "top" to "hush up" the Shopian case, she said, "We are a responsible opposition. We don't want to do anything which creates a problem for the government but the government should be more tolerant towards our viewpoints."

Accusing the Speaker of ignoring resolutions moved by the PDP, she said, "I wanted him to have the taste of what he was doing. His staff literally dragged me out. I did not touch him. I just touched the mike in front of him and he got so angry."

Muzaffar Hussain Baig (PDP) said, "Our party is highly upset over the Speaker's behaviour...He has crushed the democratic values."