The Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly witnessed a ruckus when the opposition parties led by senior leader of National Conference shouted slogans against the speaker and PDP-BJP alliance. The slogans started when the Speaker of Assembly Kavinder Gupta, who belongs to the BJP, said that he is proud to be an RSS man. He said this before adjourning the house for the day.
“RSS ka jo yaar hai gadaar hai gadaar hai (All the friends of RSS are traitors),” shouted opposition members while referring to the speaker and the government.
Members shouted slogans against the Mufti-Modi alliance. The situation turned bad when the members started sloganeering over the denial by the speaker to hold a discussion on beef ban order.
Altaf Kaloo, an MLA from the Phalgam constituency, was stopped by the marshals when he tried to jump into the well of the House. The situation remained same and two other members, Sheikh Ishfaq and Majeed Larmoo, were thrown out from the house by marshals. A marshal, too, suffered muscle injuries during this incident in the assembly.
In another major development, the Supreme Court today suspended a decades-old beef ban on the sale in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ban had sparked protests in Kashmir, and a strike call was also given by a separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Supreme Court directed the Chief Justice of the High Court to set up a three-member bench to go through the issue and find a solution as soon as possible.
The state government went to the Supreme Court to seek more clarity about the issue which created problems for the state government, as tensions were high in the state. The government said:
“The high court’s two conflicting orders have grave ramifications for the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the orders are being misused and interpreted in a manner so as to disturb peace in the state.”
Khalid Jehangir, spokesman of BJP criticised opposition leaders for not taking up the issues of public interest which can help the people in solving the problems of public.
“This is an old habit of National Conference. They have been raising a ruckus from the time of Sheikh Abdullah, so we should not get surprised about it,” he told TopYaps. Commenting on today’s din in the assembly, he said that the speaker is a respected man and opposition should respect his chair.
Speaking on today’s judgement on the beef ban, Jehangir said that the BJP, from the very first day, was believing that “law will take its own course” and they will respect the decision of judiciary. “Our party has firm faith in the judiciary and we will accept whatever is the decision of the court; whether it is in our favour or not,” he said. Government had also banned internet services in the state for three-days during Eid-ul-Adha (Bakri Eid) as they feared the misuse of internet by some anti-social elements over the beef ban to create communal tension in the state.