‘Never suggested dissolution of panel’

Jammu, Nov 12: Asserting that National Conference cannot be blamed for dissolution of the House Committee formed to probe allegations of forest land grab against PHE minister Taj Mohiuddin, the party on Monday said that its legislators who pulled out had never suggested disbanding of the panel.
The remarks came after LC Chairman Amrit Malhotra said the pullout of the NC legislators compelled him to quash the panel.
“While it is true that two members of National Conference -Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy and Bashir Ahmed Veeri - resigned from the committee because they had certain issues with the form, content and method of the constitution of the committee, but they never suggested dissolution of the committee,” NC leader Ajay Sadhotra said in a statement issued here.
“The two members who resigned from the committee for the reasons explained above also in their letter emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in public life,” he said.
Sadhotra, who is the leader of NC legislature party in the Upper House, contested Malhotra’s claims that the House Committee became practically in-fructuous with the pullout of its legislators.
“In spite of the resignation of the two NC members, the quorum of the committee was complete and it could have gone ahead with the probe with three members,” he said.
Sadhotra further said that the Chairman being the head of the Legislative Council has to be non-partisan and “so it will be inappropriate on his part to bring intra-party affairs to the Legislative Council and then fire the gun from the shoulders of National Conference which is committed to probity and accountability in public life.”
He said the Chairman did not bring NC on board while constituting as well as dissolving the panel.
“So the onus of this decision either to constitute or dissolve the committee both lies with none other than the Chairman of the Legislative Council,” Sadhotra further said.
Sadhotra said the essence of Parliamentary democracy is in consultation and decision after deliberation and consensus. “Arbitrary, unilateral decisions lead to confrontations, misunderstanding and chaos and as such have no place in Parliamentary democracy,” he said.

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