Meeting marred by Dar, Mir scuffle

National Conference Seeks Apology From PDP


Srinagar, July 17: The Srinagar District Development Board meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here on Friday witnessed ugly spat between a National Conference (NC) legislator and his counterpart from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), forcing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to order both the members to leave the meeting.
Sources said the trouble started when PDP MLA from Chadoora Javaid Mustafa Mir demanded upgradation of a High School to the Higher Secondary school level at Lasjan, his native place on Srinagar outskirts.
However, sources said National Conference MLC, Ali Muhammad Dar demanded that Government should sanction the Higher Secondary School at Soiteng which falls in Chadoora constituency.
Dar said he told the meeting there was land available in Soiteng which could be utilized for setting up of the educational institution.
However, sources said Mir told Dar he was misleading the meeting since Soiteng was only having a Middle School which could be upgraded only to the High School level and there was no land available in the area. “The land he was talking about is a playfield near the school,” Mir said.
“Why do you get angry when I am speaking truth,” sources quoted Dar telling Mir to which PDP legislator responded that he (Dar) was “telling lies and misleading the meeting.” Sources said Mir lost his cool when National Conference MLC told him he was telling lies.
“I lost my temper and stood off my chair and pushed him (Dar) on the chest for leveling baseless allegation on me,” Mir said.
A senior official who attended the meeting said the situation could have turned ugly had some of the board members not intervened to mollify the warring members.
The official said seeing the situation worsening the Chief Minister got infuriated and asked the security officials to escort both NC and PDP members out of the meeting. However, Mir said he left the meeting on his own. Later Dar returned to join the meeting.
“Why was he called back when the Chief Minister had passed the directions?” Mir asked. Meanwhile, Omar, who is the chairman of the Srinagar District Development Board, announced Rs 35 crore under Special Area Development Program (SADP) for the Srinagar besides giving nod to Rs 63.47 crore annual plan making the total funds of Rs 98.47 crore available to the district for the ongoing financial year.
Omar told the meeting that he has asked the Planning Department to revisit the system of allocating funds under District Plans and take corrective measures to remove the distort if observed in the allocation of funds to Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the National Conference condemned the alleged assault on Dar calling it ‘shameful’ and a ‘reflection of Goonda mindset’.
An emergency meeting convened under the chairmanship of Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani strongly condemned the “unlawful behavior” of PDP MLA towards NC Legislator. The meeting was attended by NC leaders, Nasir Aslam Wani, Member Parliament Sharif-ud-Din Shariq, MLA’s Aga Ruhullah Mehdi, Javed Dar, Irfan Shah, Yasin Shah and Shameema Firdous.
“It has become a trait of the PDP to create ruckus in every meeting that is held for the development of the state. They did the same in assembly and now in the district development board meeting,” a statement issued after the meeting said.
The NC leaders have demanded unconditional apology from PDP MLA and its leadership.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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