JAMMU: Azadi and Vande Mataram slogans echoed in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday when members of opposition PDP and Jammu-based parties created pandemonium for the third consecutive day of the budget session of the legislature.
Immediately after the House met, the legislators belonging to PDP trooped into the well to protest creation of new administrative units in the state. “Uncovered areas ‘ko cover karo, cover karo,” they shouted.
Speaker Mubarak Gul requested the members to take their seats and allow normal proceedings. “Today, I am not going to allow you to disrupt the proceedings. This hour (question hour) belongs to people during which their issues and concerns are raised by their representatives,” Gul said.
On this, PDP legislators tried to reach near Speaker’s table and were stopped by Assembly marshals. When Gul ignored the protests of PDP members, they shouted slogans. “Hum kya chahtey? Iss system se azadi. Hum kya chahtey? Iss corrupt government se azadi? Hum kya chahtey? Tehsil. Chor sarkar—hai hai.”
Gul reacted, saying “Don’t touch anything or any Assembly employ, otherwise I will suspend you from the House,” as he named PDP members Javid Mustafa Mir, Peerzada Mansoor, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, Syed Bashir and Basharat Ahmad Bukhari for disrupting the House.
Later, the PDP members stood on the legislators’ benches and shouted anti-government slogans. Members of rightwing BJP, National Panthers Party, and other Jammu-based parties shouted pro-India slogans to counter PDP.
“Bharat Mata ki Jai. Vande Mataram,” the legislators from Jammu shouted, prompting PDP legislators to raise pro-Islam slogans. “Naraye Taqbeer, Allahu Akbar,” they shouted.
Amid the din, Speaker Gul asked chairman of the Awami Itehad Party, Er Abdul Rashid to ask his question. Rashid wanted to know about the fate of Gen (retd) VK Singh’s case.
The Speaker replied, “The matter has been sent to Privilege Committee and they are looking into it. I can’t do anything in it.”
Later, PDP and BJP members staged walkout from the House. PDP legislators said they would approach Governor N N Vohra to intervene into the matter of creating new administrative units in the state.