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BJP demands FIR against NC MLA for pro-Pak slogan in Assembly

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

MLAs today created a ruckus in the Assembly as they demanded registration of an FIR against for raising pro-slogan in the House.

As the House assembled this morning, the agitating MLAs rose on their feet demanding apology, suspension of the member and filing of a sedition case against him.

MLAs R S and said it was not a minor issue and demanded a statement from the National Conference to clear its stand on the action of its member.

"We demand an apology from the MLA and an FIR be registered against him," said.

The National Conference members countered the BJP and said the had already expunged Lone's remarks. The party too had disassociated itself from the slogan.

Despite intervention by Kavinder Gupta, Abdul Rehman Veeri, deputy Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, CPI(M) MLA M Y and Independent MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, the BJP members continued their protest and exchanged heated words with the opposition members.

said that "we should not polarise" the situation.

However, calm was restored in the House after the Speaker said "we should take lessons from whatever happens in the House".

"We will not allow this House to become a stage to divide the people on the name of religion or against the nation. One learns lessons from a mistake and henceforth it will not be repeated," the Speaker said.

Veeri said the NC had already disassociated itself from the statement of and requested the BJP members to take their seats.

National Conference MLA said party president had already issued a statement and the Speaker had expunged the remark.

"The stand of our party is that we respect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Nobody challenged the sovereignty and integrity of the nation so how it is the violation of the oath," he said.

He accused the BJP of making an issue out of nothing after the remark was expunged.

CPI(M) said whatever the political differences, nevertheless "we have certain common ground as well and that every member of this House is on oath about the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Whatever had happened at that time, the house unanimously disapproved that leading to the expunging of the remarks".

Talking to reporters outside, BJP lawmaker Surinder Ambardar said it was "unbecoming" of a lawmaker to raise pro- slogans when he had taken oath under the Constitution of

"NC leadership led by and should clarify their stand and remove the member from the party," Ambardar said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 16:40 IST