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Opposition disrupts Jammu and Kashmir assembly session


Srinagar: Opposition National Conference (NC) and Congress legislators on Tuesday disrupted the proceedings of the state legislative assembly in summer capital Srinagar.

The NC lawmakers stood on their seats and displayed banners that said: “Save article 35A”. The Congress legislators shouted for protection of article 35A of the constitution and also sought regularization of daily wagers in the state.

NC lawmaker Devender Rana asked the speaker to suspend the question hour and instead allow discussion on article 35A in the house.

Article 35A pertains to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state in the Union of Indian states.
Former NC minister Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “We are not carrying bombs or grenades in the house. We want you (speaker) to allow us to speak on article 35A and the demand is under the Indian constitution.

“You (speaker) are running the house according to the directions of the chief minister (Mufti Muhammad Sayeed)…”
State Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari said article 35A has been challenged in the Supreme Court and under business rules, no discussion could be allowed on this in the house.

As the speaker decided to go ahead with the question hour, NC and Congress legislators came close to the speaker’s chair, with security staff failing to prevent them from entering the well of the house.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta supended NC lawmaker Altaf Kaloo for the rest of the session because of his unruly behaviour. He was carried out of the house by the marshals.

Ministers continued replying to questions in the house despite the din raised by opposition lawmakers.


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