Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: As soon as the legislative assembly resumed its business on Tuesday, independent legislator, Er Rasheed stood up from his seat and pressed the PDP-BJP government to issue a statement on the arrest of Bilal Ahmad Kawa who was arrested in Delhi few days ago.
“Bilal Kawa ka ky kasoor hai?” Rasheed asked the Mehbooba led government. “Do you want to create another Afzal Guru out of Kawa?”
“Kawa is innocent and J&K police also told me that Kawa has clear record,” the MLA Langate Rasheed told the house.
“Innocents are being jailed,” he said and walked in to the well of the house.”We want an answer from the government.”
“Why has Kawa been arrested after 16 years; aap nay ghar ka chiraag buja diya hai,” Rasheed told the house. “J&K CID head has given in writing that there is nothing against Kawa but why has he been arrested?”
“Kya Kashmir ka khoon itna sasta hai,” he said while government remained unmoved and minister A R Veeri continued giving answers on Ring Roads issue.
The National Conference’s Khanyar MLA, Ali Mohammad Sagar, also sought response from the government. However, he was not as vocal as Rasheed was.
Meanwhile, the BJP came to the rescue of finance minister who was targeted by few NC legislators on Monday. “Using abusive language is not good in the house,” BJP state president, Sat Sharma, told the house. “The MLAs should take words back and apologise,” he told the house.
The NC legislators had accused Haseeb A Drabu of “running the finances of state and back door appointments in J&K Bank”.
During the question house, MLA Banihal walked out of the house after he was dissatisfied with the reply of the RDD minister Ab Haq Khan.
“There are liabilities of Rs 4 crore in RDD in my constituency for last year,” MLA Vikar Rasool told the house. He accused the minister of “fraud and arrogance”.