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SYED AMJAD SHAH
Jammu, Feb 24: After an hour-long protest, sloganeering and sit-in, main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party boycotted the proceedings of Assembly, for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, but not before creating a ruckus and bedlam in the House.
Demanding ‘discussion’ on human right violations and alleged use of brutal force against the youth, the main opposition party disrupted `Question Hour’ for one hour amid minor clashes with the Marshals in an attempt to storm into the Well of the House.
As soon as the Speaker Mohammed Akbar Lone took his seat, the PDP and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) legislators stood up on their seats and started raising slogans against the coalition government.
Though nothing was audible amid commotion and ruckus, the BJP and NPP leaders were raising slogans demanding discussion on proposed surrender policy, delimitation and corruption.
For few minutes the opposition looked united as members of PDP, JKNPP and BJP tried to storm the House from two different directions giving a tough time to the Marshals. However, after registering their protest the BJP and NPP MLAs stage walkout from the House.
Despite repeated requests of the Speaker, the members of the main opposition party, PDP continued their protest and were seen tearing some papers. Led by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Abdul Rehman Veeri and Javaid Musfta Mir the MLAs made repeated attempts to storm into the Well of the House amid slogans and uproar.
Though their repeated attempts to disrupt the proceedings were foiled, the legislators later managed to reach the Well of the House but were again stopped by the Marshals. The PDP legislators later staged a sit-in in the Well of the House.
While the Question Hour was going on amid commotion, Speaker gave no attention to the protesting legislators after they refused to concede his request.
The PDP legislators started raising slogans saying. “If killing of innocent youth and human rights violations is not a matter of concern for the government, it should hold this assembly in their residential houses”, MLA Peerzada Mansoor Hussain was heard saying. Addressing the Speaker he said; “You must allow the opposition to speak”.
MLA Abdul Rehman Veeri alleged that the government was turning a deaf ear to the plights of those youth who were being killed in Kashmir. “The issue of human rights violations is more important than the question hour”, he said.
Speaker reminded them that the legislators of all the political parties in a meeting had reached a consensus that Question Hour will not be disrupted and all matters of public importance will be raised only after Question Hour concluded.
During the sit-in, the PDP MLAs made several attempts to reach near the Chair of Speaker but was foiled by the heavy presence of Marshals.
As soon as Speaker announced end of question hour, all the legislators led by state president PDP Mehbooba Mufti left the house (10.30 am) shouting, “Kashmir Ke Sedkain Khoon Se Latpat Hain Our Yeh Sarkar Discussion Nahi Karna Chahti Hai.”
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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