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Dinner meeting issue: Oppn protests in J&K Assembly, Council

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Opposition members in Jammu and and raised slogans against the and the for taking part in a dinner meeting of the PDP-coalition government, disrupting the proceedings in both Houses.

As the Assembly for the day, all opposition members stood up and raised the issue of taking part in the dinner meeting hosted by Mehbooba Mufti last week and alleged that he had lowered the sanctity of the House.

They resorted to protests over the issue and sought reply from the

The members walked into the well of the House and created ruckus amid high-pitched noisy scenes and disrupted the

In the too, opposition NC and members staged a walkout from the House over the attending the dinner meeting.

of Legislative Party Nawang Rigzin Jora said in Assembly, "You (Speaker) are not the Speaker of the or the but of the entire House. You should not have taken part in the meeting of the coalition We want your reply."

He was seconded by CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami.

"It is not a simple issue which can be brushed aside. It is the issue involved with sanctity of the House...It should not be compromised," Tarigami said.

NC MLA Mubarak Gul, who was the Speaker during the previous Congress-NC rule, said the sanctity of the House had been compromised.

NC MLA said, "It is unprecedented. This has not happened in the past."

After over half-an-hour of protests and sloganeering, the Speaker replied to the opposition and said that he had taken part in the dinner and if it was wrong, he would not repeat it. With this, the House was restored to calm and the Question Hour began.

Opposition members also walked into well of the and raised slogans against the

After noisy protests and sloganeering, Naeem Akhtar intervened and urged Chairman to reply to the opposition to end the stalemate.

Ali said he had gone there not to take part in the meeting, but to meet over an invitation to take part in an event to mark the death anniversary of former Mufti

So there was no question of compromising sanctity of the House, Ali said.

Not satisfied with the reply, NC and members staged a walkout from the House.

The Chairman later requested the opposition members to come back to their seats and they came back.

The Chairman later said that he would not take part in any such meeting in the future.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 13:50 IST