Speaker biased: Omar

Srinagar: National Conference working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah accused assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta of bias, saying the legislature is competent to handle the beef ban controversy.
Omar, whose party legislators created ruckus in the House, said Opposition’s conduct depends on how the speaker behaves.
“We wanted to know from the government that when the legislature is fully empowered to discuss issues like beef ban, why did it move the supreme court. I believe the chief minister did it to save his chair and the government,” Omar told reporters outside the House.
“We want to remind the speaker that he is supposed to be the custodian of the House. But unfortunately he is totally biased as can be seen by his actions today,” he said.
“The government wants to muzzle the voice of Opposition… Our protest was against the dictatorial practices of the speaker,” he said.
He said his question as to whether the government has engaged legal experts to defend the Article 35A, which grants the state powers to provide special privileges for its citizens, was rejected “on the pretext that the issue was sub-judice”. An RSS-backed organsiation has challenged the Article in the apex court.