Pandemonium broke out in the Assembly on Wednesday after National Conference legislator Devender Singh Rana demanded registration of a police case against PDP minister Imran Ansari who had threatened the former of lynching him in the House on Tuesday.
While Ansari said he stands by his remarks, saying "nobody can lynch a whale or Rana", the PDP minister got support from his cabinet colleague Sajad Lone who demanded that Ansari be complimented for using the word "creatively" and "stretching" the English language.
Soon the House assembled this morning, Rana asked the Speaker to issue directions to director general of police SP Vaid for registration of a case against Ansari.
Following a verbal duel between Rana and Ansari on Tuesday over debate on GST, the PDP minister had threatened Rana of lynching him. "I can lynch you here. I know your all shady businesses," he had said in the House.
"Ansari's remarks are criminal in nature and if you don't issue directions, I will go to the police station myself to register the case…if this House approves lynching, I salute you and the government," Rana said.
His party MLA Aga Syed Rouhullah said the House has become an "Akhada" ever since "Nagpur government" (PDP-BJP) came to power, a remark which was opposed by BJP and PDP members.
At this moment, the Speaker cautioned the members against using objectionable words. But unsatisfied with the Speaker's directions, Rana again sought registration of case against Ansari.
"I apologise for the remarks (by the minister) and I have expunged them," said the Speaker.
However later in the afternoon, Rana reiterated his demand for police action against Ansari.
NC's Muhammad Shafi Uri said the remarks were "too serious to be ignored."
It is a serious issue and I request you to come up with your directions, he demanded.
He was interrupted by Sajad Lone, saying Ansari used the word in a "creative sense" and should be complimented for "stretching" the English language. Lone, an ally of BJP in J&K, asked for consulting a professor of English to know the meaning of word: "When he (Ansari) says he will lynch you (Rana) he doesn't mean it."
But he was confronted by Rana. "They will end up lynching me and you will be concerned to look for the meaning of the word in dictionary. What are you talking," Rana told Lone.
Ansari joined the debate saying he stands by his remarks. "I still say that I said I can lynch you (Rana) here now. I know your all shady businesses. Nobody can lynch a blue whale or Rana," Ansari said. "I made the remarks after you started to give moral lectures and accused me of being a tax evader."
Rana however hit back at Ansari saying he never accused him (Ansari) of being so. "I had only said that I pay my taxes and I'm not a tax evader," he rebutted Ansari.
The Speaker intervened, warning the members to be cautious henceforth while speaking in the House. "I have expunged the word (lynching)," he said.
Rana said just expunging the word won't do. "What if I am still lynched even after you have expunged the word," he said. "If I die, who will take my cause (sic)…Today I am alive, so I'm asking to come to my rescue and register the FIR."
Ansari again stood up, this time to explain the word lynching. "When a group of people come together to kill a person, this is called lynching. The examples are of Haji Muhammad Yusuf and DySP Muhammad Ayoub Pandith," he said.
At this time, senior PDP minister AR Veeri requested for expunging the words and allowing continuation of business. But as members refused to budge, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings.
CM APOLOGISES, RANA APPRECIATES
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday apologised for lynching remarks made by PDP minister Imran Ansari against National Conference's Devinder Singh Rana in the Assembly, putting an end to the controversy.
"I was myself taken aback for sometime by the words. It is not correct to use such words. I apologise for the word," Mehbooba said.
The Chief Minister intervened after the members from both ruling and treasury benches traded charges and counter-charges over the issue, with Rana demanding registering of FIR against Ansari.
Rana later appreciated the chief minister's gesture. "I am grateful to the chief minister for her graceful gesture," he said.