PDP Sabotaged Passage Of Bill: Omar Abdullah
12 March 2004
Srinagar: National Conference chief Omar Abdullah blamed the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party for sabotaging the passage of controversial State Subjects (Disqualification) Bill at the behest of New Delhi to continue in power. He dared Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to summon fresh session of the Legislative Council, as being the member and leader of the House, to prove his sincerity and ensure early passage of the Bill. 'If the CM is really interested to see the Bill through, he should summon another session and support my party in passing the Bill', Omar said in a press conference at his party headquarter here. He said that the passage of the Bill was delayed by 'unnecessary' adjournment of the House and blamed the Chairman, Legislative Council Abdur Rashir Dar for being used as an instrument. 'All know that whose chair was saved by the adjournment', he said describing the March 11 as the Black Day in the history of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature. He said that Chief Minister's silence on the issue was 'criminal' as he did not utter a single word on the delicate issue in or outside the Legislature. He said that the Chief Minister should clear his stand whether he favoured or opposed the Bill supported its postponement. He said that a marathon debate on the Bill was mere eyewash. 'In reality there was understanding with the Chairman on the adjournment of the House'. He said that the chairman narrated a script and the House was adjourned sine die.