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Ruckus in J-K Assembly as BJP demands FIR against NC’s Akbar Lone for raising ‘pro-Pak slogan’

BJP legislators said shouting ‘pro-Pak slogan’ was not a minor issue and demanded a statement from the National Conference to clear its stand on the action of its MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 17:12 IST
Press Trust of India, Jammu
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MLAs observe silence to pay tributes to the Army soldiers killed in a terrorist attack at Sunjuwan army camp, in Jammu , on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs created a ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday as they demanded registration of an FIR against National Conference legislator Mohammad Akbar Lone for raising pro-Pakistan slogan in the House.

As the House assembled in the morning, the agitating BJP MLAs rose on their feet demanding apology, suspension of the member and filing of a sedition case against him.

BJP legislators RS Pathania and Rajiv Jasrotia said it was not a minor issue and demanded a statement from the NC to clear its stand on the action of its member.

“We demand an apology from the NC MLA and an FIR be registered against him,” Pathania said.

Remarks expunged: NC

The National Conference members countered the BJP and said the Speaker had already expunged Lone’s remarks. The party too had disassociated itself from the slogan.

Despite intervention by Speaker Kavinder Gupta, parliamentary affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri, deputy speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, CPI-M legislator MY Tarigami and Independent MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, the BJP members continued their protest and debated with the opposition NC members.

Tarigami said “we should not polarise” the situation.

We must learn lessons: Speaker

However, calm was restored in the House after the Speaker said “we should take lessons from whatever happens in the House”.

“We will not allow this House to become a stage to divide the people on the name of religion or against the nation. One learns lessons from a mistake and henceforth it will not be repeated,” the Speaker said.

Veeri said the NC had already disassociated itself from the statement of Lone and requested the BJP members to take their seats.

We respect sovereignty of the country: NC

National Conference MLA Mohammad Shafi Uri said party president Farooq Abdullah had already issued a statement and the Speaker had expunged the remark.

“The stand of our party is that we respect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Nobody challenged the sovereignty and integrity of the nation so how it is the violation of the oath,” he said.

He accused the BJP of making an issue out of nothing after the remark was expunged.

’Unbecoming of a lawmaker’

CPI(M) legislator Tarigami said whatever the political differences, nevertheless “we have certain common ground as well and that every member of this House is on oath about the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Whatever had happened at that time, the house unanimously disapproved that leading to the expunging of the remarks”.

BJP lawmaker Surinder Ambardar said it was “unbecoming” of a lawmaker to raise pro- Pakistan slogans when he had taken oath under the Constitution of India.

“NC leadership led by Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah should clarify their stand and remove the member from the party,” Ambardar said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 17:03 IST