LC adjourned after opposition, ruling legislators walk out over funds

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was today adjourned for five minutes after two respective walkouts by the opposition as well as by the ruling legislators against the Government for allegedly undermining authority of MLCs.

Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was today adjourned for five minutes after two respective walkouts by the opposition as well as by the ruling legislators against the Government for allegedly undermining authority of MLCs.

The uproar started in the Legislative Council, soon after the House met for proceedings. Legislators from opposition and ruling parties got up and asked the Government to look into the issue of extra funds Rs 1 Crores for MLCs at par with member of Lower House.

The legislators from both the ruling and opposition asked the Government to clear its stand over the issue, during the question hour. 

Amid commotion and uproar, the Chairman Haji Inayat Ali tried to convince them but the legislators continued their protest seeking reply from the Chief Minister who was present in the House.

Finance Minister Hasib Drabu on directions from the Chairman Council informed that it is not the constituency development fund and said earlier, Government use to give funds district wise but now we have given it constituency wise. However, it was opposed by the legislators.  

Even DyCM Nirmal Singh failed to pacify the protesting legislators by reading an order. The MLCs continued their demonstration, while Shokwat Ganai appealed the Chairman that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is in the Legislative Council and she should give a statement.

To end the stalemate in the Upper House, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her statement said there is confusion with regard to the order and perhaps the directions issued from the Government is also wrong.

She said that "When you say public representatives it includes everybody like panches, sarpanches, chowkidars and nambardars like MLA and MLCs. Everyone has right or it is not important for the people to go to legislators to fulfill their demands." "Rs 1 Crore is kept with the Deputy Commissioner so that he can meet the demands of people whenever and even legislators can ask for any work from this fund like if they need electric polls in any area," she further clarified.

"These funds (Rs 1 Crores) not meant for MLC or MLAs only but these are meant for over all development of the constituencies," she added.

 However, the CM's reply failed to convince the opposition legislators who went close the Well and continued their protest demonstration.

The issue once again came up in the Upper House, after the question hour, ruling legislators got up and asked the Chairman that he has failed to get orders from the Government with regard to the funds. All the ruling MLC of PDP and BJP stood up and staged walkout from the House. As the quorum of the House was not proper, the Chairman adjourned it for five minutes. In the meantime, Education Minister and Leader of the House, Naeem Aktar went outside the House to convince own legislators. Within few minutes all those ruling legislators from both the ruling parties who had walked out in protest from the Council returned and attended the House.

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