Jammu: Ruckus erupted in the in the Legislative Assembly after a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislator slapped a marshal.
As the discussion over issuing of grants to Agriculture Department began in the House, PDP’s Sayed Bashir stood up and raised the issue of non-availability of ration at the migrant camps in Jammu.
Bashir trooped into the well to present the issue before the speaker in writing, but he was stopped by the marshals.
“Allow me to make by point,” Bashir shouted while struggling with the marshals to make his way. On this, the Speaker ordered the marshals to take him out of the House.
As the marshals were pushing Bashir out, his party colleagues including Nizamuddin Bhat, Khalil Bandh, Peerzada Mansoor and Abdul Gaffar Sofi stood up to rescue him.
On this, the Speaker ordered the marshals to take all the agitating PDP legislators out of the House. As a group of marshals tried to take them out, Bashir slapped one of the marshals repeatedly.
Later, all PDP legislators staged a walkout from the House leaving Deputy Speaker Sartaj Madni, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and People’s Democratic Front leader Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen as only legislators from opposition in the House as BJP and NPP legislators were already out in protest.
Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir, Tarigami and NC legislator Mohammad Akbar Lone requested the Speaker to call the PDP members back in the House as their presence was important during the issuing of grants.
They were later joined by Law Minister Mir Saifullah who said that “as per law it is important for opposition parties to be in House while issuing grants.”
In reply, the Speaker said that he was not interested in taking anyone out of the House. “They misbehaved in the House several times by jumping over tables and chairs, that is why such hard decisions are taken at times,” he said.