I’m a proud RSS man, says Speaker

The Speaker Kavinder Gupta Monday said he was “proud to be an RSS man” after opposition membersaccused him of “implementing the RSS agenda” in Jammu and Kashmir.
I’m a proud RSS man, says Speaker
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The Speaker Kavinder Gupta Monday said he was "proud to be an RSS man" after opposition members accused him of "implementing the RSS agenda" in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Yes, I am proud to be an RSS man," the Speaker said. News agency PTI quoted Speaker as saying: "It is a matter of pride that I am an RSS member but here I am the Speaker only." He was responding to repeated allegations by National Conference legislators, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Devinder Singh Rana and others that he was acting in a "biased manner and implementing RSS agenda in the State."

"I know my job well. Don't try to teach me what I have to do as Speaker. Go and educate yourself and then raise the issue," the Speaker countered the National Conference legislators.

However, the opposition legislators stood on their places, raising slogans against the Speaker.

"Down with RSS Speaker, down with BJP Speaker," Sagar and other NC members shouted repeatedly.

The members said the Speaker's post was a constitutional position and he doesn't represent any party or the Government.

"You (Speaker) are the custodian of the House and you should act as a Speaker. Don't act in a biased manner and let the House function," the National Conference members shouted while thumping the desks.

Kavinder Gupta is the BJP legislator who successfully contested his maiden Assembly election from Jammu region. "RSS Ka Jo Yaar Hai Gadaar Hai Gadaar Hai," the members raised the slogans.

Earlier the House witnessed repeated disruptions by the opposition members who accused the Speaker of "trying to muzzle our voices."

"We have a right to speak and raise the issues concerning people. You can't dictate us," said Congress member Usmaan Majeed as other party members waved arms and resorted to continuous sloganeering to disrupt the proceedings. Though the Speaker repeatedly cautioned the opposition NC and Congress members and independent MLA Er Rashid to return to their seats to allow the House function, the agitating members didn't relent.

"I will let everybody speak on his turn, return to your places," the Speaker asked the opposition members who were raising slogans in the Well.

But it failed to pacify the members who created commotion. Some of the agitating members tried to move towards the Speaker's podium but the marshals stopped them. Amid the ruckus, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings.

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