PDP members maintain silence after Speakers ‘diktat’

BK News Bureau/Jammu
February 1, 2017 TOP STORIES 279 Views
PDP members maintain silence after Speakers ‘diktat’

Opposition parties on Tuesday created ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly after Speaker Kavinder Gupta issued directions to expunge the remarks of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Article 370.
Mehbooba had on Monday said that nothing can be more anti-national than talking about abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special position.
The Opposition legislators said that this was for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that the remarks of Chief Minister were being expunged.
Earlier, a BJP legislator protested against the remark of Mehbooba Mufti, which triggered bedlam.
However, the PDP members remained silent as the speaker directed the expunging of the CM’s remarks.
Mehbooba Mufti on Monday, winding up the debate on grants to her department, said that Article 370 is the article of faith and talking against it is anti-national. Peeved over the coverage of this speech by media, Gupta on Tuesday directed that the “anti-national” be expunged from the records.
Omar Abdullah and other opposition members took a strong note against the move. They said it was unprecedented and smacked lack of confidence between the alliance partners and even the Speaker. He said the BJP must explain its position.
After the House met again and opposition took the issue, the Speaker clarified that he will see the records first and then only will expunge the word anti-national, “if it is there”. This pushed the House to Pandemonium and another adjournment was announced. (CNS)

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