Jammu: Members of opposition parties Wednesday took exception to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s jibe at them on the use of red beacon lights even following which the government assured that it will strictly implement Supreme Court guidelines on the issue and withdraw the privilege of red beacons to the Chief Secretary, DGP and Advocate General.
As soon as question hour started in the Legislative Assembly (LA), legislators of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) and CPI (M) staged protests over Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks terming the uproar over Cabinet’s approval of use of red beacons for Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Justice, Chief Secretary, DGP and other dignitaries as “laughable and tragic.”
“Personally I don’t use a red beacon on my vehicles & I don’t plan to start now either. Please guys go chase bigger stories. Frankly why would anyone want to use a red beacon on their car in this day & age. To protest for the right to use one is tragic & laughable,” Omar had said on Twitter in response to the pandemonium by opposition parties in the Assembly over the issue.
“We did not ask that MLAs should be given the privilege of using the red beacon lights, but we only wanted to give it to those who are constitutional heads as per Supreme Court ruling under which public servants don’t fall,” said PDP’s Zulfikar Ali.
He added that opposition members only objected to the privilege of using the red beacon given to the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and the Advocate General while denying this privilege to the MLAs who don’t hold constitutional posts.
CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while condemning the statement of Chief Minister said that the reaction of the legislators to the red beacons issue was not tragic and laughable.
He said that the opposition members never wanted the lights for themselves but only the proper implementation of the Supreme Court directives.
In an attempt to calm the agitating legislators, the speaker Mubarak Gul said that the government would make a statement about the issue later.
This did not satisfy the legislators who kept on protesting and shouting slogans against the government.
Later Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mir Saifullah said the government would strictly implement Supreme Court directions and give privilege only down to the level of MoS.
“The privilege of red beacons given to the Chief Secretary, DGP and Advocate General would also be withdrawn,” he said.