Jammu and Kashmir assembly adjourned amid ruckus


The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was on Monday adjourned till Tuesday following ruckus by the opposition party members over relief to flood victims.

Immediately after the day’s proceedings started, legislators of opposition National Conference and the Congress stood on their seats shouting slogans against the government, alleging it had failed in providing relief to families hit by the September 2015 floods.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “It is the Speaker, through his actions & words, who is not allowing the House function. We have the most biased Speaker.”

He said, “This speaker is biased, look at his statements. He is preventing functioning of the House, not us.”

He further said, “To save his Govt, CM is disempowering legislature. Speaker doesn’t allow the opposition to do its work. I had a question on 35-A, it was rejected saying it was sub-judice. Just like on beef ban.”

On the banners displayed by the Congress legislators, “Do not exploit flood victims.”

Omar added, “Its a day when 3 soldiers have died, not a day to talk of Army vacating the state, it has a role to play.”

The protesting legislators finally came near the speaker and clashed with the assembly security staff. Some protesting lawmakers also flung papers towards the speaker’s chair.

Amid ruckus, the speaker adjourned the house for 15 minutes.

When the assembly reassembled, the protesting lawmakers again jumped into the well of the house. The speaker then adjourned it for an hour.