The J&K Legislative Council was Monday adjourned for the day after two adjournments failed to restore order in the House over the controversial beef ban issue and imposition of tax on helicopter rides to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine by the J&K government.
The Congress did not touch the beef ban issue at all and instead cornered the government on imposition of tax on helicopter rides to the Vaishno Devi Shrine.
As soon as proceedings of the House began, National Conference and Congress lawmakers were on their feet seeking a discussion on adjournment motions moved by them on two separate issues. While NC demanded discussion on J&K government's move to refer the beef ban issue to the Supreme Court, saying it is "tantamount to surrendering state's authority and lowering stature of J&K legislature", the Congress sought a debate on imposition of service tax on helicopter rides to Vaishno Devi Shrine and rehabilitation of flood victims.
Three Congress lawmakers—Naresh Gupta, Jugal Kishore and Rani Billoria—were carrying banners which read: 'Revoke tax on religious pilgrimages.'
Amid pandemonium in the House, the LC Chairman Haji Inayat Ali appealed the opposition to allow the House to run. "You should allow the Question Hour and then raise other issues," he told the protesting lawmakers.
However, the unrelenting opposition members continued with their protests and stormed into the Well of the House. NC's protesting MLCs tore papers and threw them on ground, prompting the Chairman to adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes.
The scene was no different when the House reassembled again. The opposition lawmakers continued with their protests and trooped into the Well.
In the meantime, NC lawmakers Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Showkat Ahmad Ganie and Ali Muhammad Dar climbed on a table in the Well, shouting slogans: "PDP-BJP Sarkar Hai Hai" ( Down with PDP-BJP government) .
The women marshals were too seen in action in the House to prevent female lawmakers Shehnaz Ganie and Rani Boleria from entering the Well.
All of a sudden, PDP's Saifuddin Bhat rushed into the Well, surprising ministers of the coalition government.
As commotion prevailed in the House, the Chairman again adjourned the House for 10 minutes. After the House reassembled, it again witnessed noisy scenes, finally prompting the chairman to adjourn the House for full day.