Mehbooba apologises for lynching remark
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti apologised to NC legislator Devender Rana on Wednesday on behalf of her cabinet minister Imran Ansari, who had said that he would lynch Rana inside the Legislative Assembly.
“I will lynch you here. I know all your shady businesses,” Ansari had said to Rana in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Mufti offered her apologies when Rana was asking Speaker Kavinder Gupta to direct the Director General of Police to file an FIR against Ansari. Rana had also moved a petition seeking an FIR against Ansari for his “intimidating” comments against him.
Before Mufti’s intervention, Sajad Lone had come in support of his cabinet colleague. Lone said that “Ansari meant to lynch you verbally, not physically. He had stretched the English language. He had been creative about its use. You should compliment him for it. Lynching is not done by one person. If you question this use of word lynch, then you can consult an English professor.”
Lone said that seeking an FIR would mean double standards in the rule of law. “If there is an FIR on this, then there should be an FIR on everything that happens on daily basis. There should not be one rule of law for common people and another for a legislator.”
During such arguments, Ansari also stood up from his seat and told Rana, ‘Nobody can lynch a blue whale.”