Led by Omar, NC boycott session, protest outside J&K assembly
The main opposition National Conference (NC) on Wednesday protested outside legislative assembly after the speaker suspended two of its legislators following uproar in the House on Tuesday.Updated: Oct 07, 2015 11:05 IST
The main opposition National Conference (NC) on Wednesday protested outside legislative assembly after the speaker suspended two of its legislators following uproar in the House on Tuesday.
Led by Omar Abdullah, NC legislators went for a sit in at the assembly gate. While the speaker revoked suspension of the NC MLAs, the protest continued as they demanded revocation of two council members too.
NC’s working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said, “Speakers of both assembly and council have played partisan politics. Govt wanted to divide opposition and we have decided to boycott proceedings untill suspension of 4 members is not revoked.”
On Tuesday, Omar had tweeted, “Two @JKNC_ members have been suspended for the rest of the session. We will boycott the rest of the session.”
NC members in the legislative council or the upper House, Ali Muhammad Dar and Showkat Ahmad Zargar, were also suspended by the chair on Tuesday.
Abdullah called the suspensions a “dictatorial practice” of the PDP-BJP coalition.
MLAs Altaf Kaloo and Abdul Majid Bhat (Larmi) were marshalled out of the assembly after the opposition benches moved towards the well of the house and started protesting.
The National Conference wanted a discussion on strengthening article 35 A, which upholds the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. A think tank, Jammu & Kashmir Study Centre, recently challenged the validity of the Article in the Supreme Court, which has served a notice to the state government. The NC has vowed to defend the law.
The situation in the assembly worsened when speaker Kavinder Gupta ordered the house proceeding to be carried on in spite of the protests.
So, while the opposition was demanding adjournment of the House, the ruling coalition was doing business as usual.
NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar led the sloganeering saying, “RSS ka jo yaar hai, gadaar hai gadaar hai (RSS supporters are traitors) and 370 kayam rahay ga, kayam rahay ga (Article 370 will last forever).”
“We are not carrying bombs. We want you to allow us to speak on article 35A… the demand is under the Indian constitution,” Sagar shouted.
Omar Abdullah was the only NC man, apart from Nazir Gurezi (also the deputy speaker of the House), to be sitting on their seats. CPI (M)’s Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami and another MLA Hakeem Yaseen also did not leave their seats.
Later, however, the members of the National Conference, the Congress, and even Tarigami and Yasin, walked out, leaving the House with only one opposition member, independent MLA Engineer Rashid.
Though the proceedings of the house continued according to the listed business, Rashid continued disruptions till the last minute.
First Published: Oct 07, 2015 11:03 IST