JK legislature has conveyed message of pluralism, tolerance: Mufti

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday said that that the resolution stressing on maintaining peace and communal harmony  passed unanimously by the state legislature would serve as an example to the country.
He said that it will also help restore confidence of the people in the “secular fabric” of the India.
“India is proud of its diversity and no one will be allowed to repeat 1947 when it witnessed bloodshed and partition in the name of religion. “A loud and clear message of pluralism and tolerance has been conveyed from this House to the country yesterday. I am sure it will bear positive results and blow away the clouds of uncertainty,” he said.
He was speaking during the Motion of Thanks on the concluding day of the Autumn Session of the Legislative Assembly, here today.
Asking people to protect the  multicultural ethos and inclusiveness, Mufti said: “United we stand, divided we fall. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas is not a mere slogan but a clear message that hatred will lead us nowhere,” he stated.
ufti said the opposition’s role was to keep the government on its toes and hold it accountable, “so that shortcomings in good governance are identified and removed”. He said he made it a point to come to the House everyday to witness the proceedings. “Some unfortunate incidents did take place during the session, which could have been avoided,” he said, while referring to the disruptions of the House proceedings during the first few days of the Session.
Emphasising upon safeguarding the sanctity of the Assembly, Mufti called upon the Opposition and Treasury benches to draw the line and maintain dignity of the House. “I am thankful to the opposition for playing a constructive role during the brief session of the Assembly,” he added.
The Chief Minister said he was first elected to the Assembly in 1962 when Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad was the Prime Minister of the state. He said over the years he is impressed by the improvement in the quality of debate. “Some of the members in the House are really good and with their articulation, they have been able to highlight certain important issues of their constituencies,” he added.
In his speech , later on, NC legislator Mubarak Gul accused speaker of not allowing discussions on beef bill and Article 35 (A). “Our concern was to know government’s plan to deal with sensitive the issue of Article 35 (A) in the Supreme Court,” he said. Gul said Article 370 was a bridge between J&K with India and the government should handle it “cautiously”.
Also, Congress legislator Aijaz Khan said that his party was not given fair chance to speak on several issues.