Speaker leaves govt red faced over protocol breach

Speaker leaves govt red faced over protocol breach
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Jammu: All the opposition legislators on Wednesday staged a walk-out from the house when speaker Kavinder Gupta disclosed that “his security protocol was breached” by deputy chief minister’s cavalcade.
The house was discussing the grants to parliamentary affairs ministry.
When independent MLA Pawan Gupta asked how deputy chief minister can get protocol of chief minister, the speaker intervened.
“I have written to SSP Jammu as how can the convoy of Deputy chief minister break my protocol,” he told Parliamentary Affairs minister, A R Veeri. “There could be chances of accident but the police does it to keep the deputy CM happy. I have not received any response too.”
On this, the opposition MLAs stood up from their seats chanting “shame for the government”.
They sought action and left the house. PDP minister Javed Mustafa Mir was seen pleading with NC’s Ali Mohammad Sagar “not to leave the house”.
Veeri assured the House that the matter will be probed and Mir told speaker Gupta that the government was equally concerned over such behaviour.
The opposition returned to house after two minutes.