NC Bid To Move J&K Women's Bill Fails
25 August 2004
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Opposition National Conference attempts to move the controversial bill in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly which debars inheritance rights to women marrying outside the state on Wednesday failed at the introductory stage as the Speaker Tara Chand ruled that two-thirds majority was required for the bill to be taken in the House. Leader of the Opposition Abdul Rahim rather quoting rule 27 of conduct of assembly claimed that simple majority was needed for the introduction of the bill. However, Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma disagreed and said two-thirds majority was needed for passage of the bill and quoted section 9 (162) of the Jammu and Kashmir constitution in support of his contention. Sharma argued that if the Opposition NC does not have the two-third majority required for its passage, there is no need to waste the time of the House. While making a ruling on the issue, Tara Chand said the situation for the past two days has given an impression that 'I wanted to relax the rules and hold a discussion on the bill, but as per section nine (192) of Jammu and Kashmir constitution two-third majority would be required for introduction of the bill'. The ruling followed noisy scenes in the house as NC members rushed to the well of the house protesting against the ruling. The speaker then adjourned the house for half an hour.