Tables climbed, mikes thrown, speaker attacked in assembly brawl

Tables climbed, mikes thrown, speaker attacked in assembly brawl

Jammu: Pandemonium continued in the legislative assembly on Monday as opposition members demanded a judicial probe into the killings by government forces in the 2016 uprising, a demand that the government ignored.

When the house started proceedings, opposition members from NC and Congress created ruckus and demanded a judicial probe by no less than a judge of the Supreme Court. Opposition members raised anti-BJP and anti-PDP slogans.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke in the assembly against the opposition’s charges, but as soon as she completed her speech, the opposition again created a ruckus and demanded judicial probe into killings. Opposition legislators called her statement of constituting special investigation teams in every district “a pretence and hogwash.”

The Opposition raised anti-RSS slogans, such as, ‘RSS ka hai farman, Kashmir banega kabristan’, and ‘Nagpur sarkar haay-haay’.

Congress leader Nawang Rigzin Johra said that Article 370 had gone missing from Kashmir, and in its stead Sainik and Pandit colonies had come.  He said that Article 370 had been surrendered in Nagpur for the chief minister’s chair. He said that Rajnath Singh took training in pellet-gun firing in Israel and then showered them on innocent youth of Kashmir.

Amid the trading of insults, NC legislator Majeed Larmi went up and tried to snatch the mike from BJP’s legislator Ravinder Raina.

Later, Larmi tried to attack Majeed Padder of PDP, which was prevented by marshals deployed in the house and on the directions of the Speaker, Larmi was marshalled out.

NC legislator Ali Mohammad Sagar while blaming Mehbooba Mufti said that as Omar Abdullah had accepted that he failed in 2010, so should Mehbooba for 2016.

“CM is hiding her failures,” he said.

Engineer Rashid said that nothing will happen by announcing special investigation teams. Instead, he demanded plebiscite.

The BJP’s Sat Sharma called some legislators as agents of Pakistan, without naming them.

PDP legislator Yawar Mir said that the death of Burhan was certain as he was a militant.

When the house started its second shift after lunch, NC legislator Main Altaf informed the house of an attack by RSS men in Kathua on Gujjar Muslims. This led to outrage in the assembly during which Congress MLAs Vikar Rasool and GM Saroori and other leaders of the opposition entered the well of the house and climbed on table and threw mikes, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house for half an hour. The PDP-BJP members then walked out.

During the adjournment, legislator Mubarak Gul kept mocking the government.

Later, briefing the house about the attack on Gujjar Muslims in Kathua, Parliamentary Affairs minister Rehman Veeri said that the situation was under control and an investigation will be conducted into it.

The scene in the house turned uglier when the Speaker accused a Congress leader of chanting the slogan ‘Kashmir Banega Pakistan’, which the Congress leader denied, saying it was “a sheer lie”.

Rigzin Jora of the Congress climbed on a desk and tried to attack the Speaker for levelling the allegation against him.