PDP MLA apologises for slapping marshal

Jammu: PDP MLA Syed Bashir Ahmed Thursday  apologised for slapping a marshal in the Legislative Assembly yesterday.
During the Question Hour, Syed Bashir apologised to the House for slapping a Watch and Ward staff and maintained that he did not intend to insult or injure any Assembly staff.
Terming the incident unintentional, the Rajpoora MLA said, “If somebody’s sentiment has been hurt by my action, or if the dignity of the august House was undermined by my unintentional action, I tender my apology.”
During discussion of the grants of Agriculture Ministry in the Assembly yesterday, Bashir trooped into the well of the House over shortage of rations given to migrants.
Speaker Mubarak Gul ordered Assembly marshals to remove him. As they were taking him out, other PDP MLAs also rushed into the well of the House, and the Speaker ordered their removal also.
As the marshals were removing them, Bashir caught hold of the collar of a marshal and slapped him thrice.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and another MLA A R Veeri tried to draw the Speaker’s attention toward the issue but there was no response and they also walked out from the House.
Later, Bashir told reporters, “I was raising the issue of Kashmiri Pandit migrants from Pulwama who have not received ration this month till now. I wanted to raise this issue in the Assembly, but the Speaker did not allow, saying it was Question Hour.”

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