PDP’s Adjournment Motion Infructuous, Mufti Orchestrated Ruckus: Speaker2 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Even as Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone is yet to give his ruling on the adjournment motion moved by the major opposition party, the PDP to discuss prevailing situation in Kashmir, the motion has been rendered infructuous as it had been moved for February 1 by 16 MLAs of the party including PDP Legislature Party leader Mehbooba Mufti when the Assembly was not in the session. However, Mr Lone was expected to announce his verdict in the House tomorrow. The Speaker appeared to be ready to allow discussion on the Kashmir situation but the adjournment motion was rendered infructuous the day it was moved as 16 PDP MLAs, signatories to the motion, had sought suspension of entire business of the House to discuss Kashmir situation for February 1 when the Assembly was not in the session. The PDP should have moved the adjournment motion for March 1 but its 16 MLAs, some of whom are former Ministers and party president Mehbooba Mufti, failed to detect the grave mistake they were making while moving the motion, the copies of which, according to the law, had been circulated to the Speaker, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar and Secretary Assembly Mohammad Ramzan. The PDP had moved the adjournment motion on February 28 soon after the completion of Governor’s Address to both Houses of the Legislature. Though the motion was not maintainable, the Speaker was expected to offer the PDP a discussion on it in the House after getting a day out of the Assembly calendar. Meanwhile, Mr Lone has taken strong exception to PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti yesterday equating him with Libyan dictator Col Gaddafi and Deputy Speaker Sartaj Madni joining protests along with his party MLAs. He has advised Mr Madni to resign from the post and become the PDP spokesman if he has to behave like this in the House. He charged PDP patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with orchestrating yesterday’s pandemonium in the Assembly saying entire House was witness to his directions to the party MLAs to open two routes and force their entry into Well of the House to create more trouble. ‘‘Madam Mehbooba wants me to go by her dictates in the Assembly, which is not possible. They will have to follow my dictates rather than trying to dictate me. The Speaker is supreme in the House. She has termed me Col Gaddafi only perhaps she is always expecting me to do what she asks for. She wants me to act as a Presiding Officer, who would act upon her advises to make her happy. It is in built me that whenever I discharge my duties in whatever capacities, I will go by my conscious, principles and my own way of working’’, Mr Lone said. He added that he felt very sad when Deputy Speaker Sartaj Madni stood up in the House yesterday and tried to defend his agitating party MLAs knowing very well that he had to preside over the same House immediately thereafter. ‘‘It was not the duty of a Presiding Officer to defend the party he belongs to. On previous occasions also, he made some speeches and passed strictures against the Presiding Officer and his functioning. I hope in future, Mr Madni will not cross the limit of his responsibility by ignoring the fact that he is basically a Presiding Officer and not a spokesman of the PDP’’, the Speaker said. Suggesting Mr Madni to resign from the post of Deputy Speaker and take charge of his party’s spokesman, Mr Lone reminded him that he was enjoying all perks of the Deputy Speaker but was behaving as a party man. Referring to yesterday’s ruckus in the Assembly created by the PDP during Question Hour, the Speaker said it really pained him that a statesman like PDP patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was seen in the House by one and all by himself giving his MLAs a plan to force their entry into Well of the House by creating two routes to make the task of Marshals to stop them difficult. ‘‘He (the Mufti) provoked and guided the PDP MLAs to have two spots to enter to the Well. Earlier, the PDP MLAs were protesting from one point and trying to reach to Well of the House. The Mufti called party MLA Nizam-ud-Din Bhat and was clearly seen asking him to open second spot. Immediately after the Mufti’s inter-action with Nizaam Bhat, some of the PDP MLAs tried to force their entry into the Well from another point. As a statesman, it was not befitting for Mr Sayeed to take to such recourse. It showed that his claim to be a tall leader for the democracy is absolutely false’’, Mr Lone said. Declaring that he wouldn’t tolerate ‘‘hulla-gulla’’ by the PDP, the Speaker said he had made it clear to the Leaders of all political parties in an all party meet before start of the session that he would in no case allow any issue to be raised during the Question Hour, which is of prime importance. He said he was determined to run the House smoothly and, for the purpose, would hold inter-action with the Leaders of different political parties within and outside the Assembly. ‘‘The PDP has a right to raise the issues of the people. Many members have given questions seeking number of the youths arrested, under trial, arrests without cases etc. That is the proper way to raise issues of the people and not the route the PDP is adopting’’, Mr Lone said, adding the PDP ‘‘hulla-gulla’’ was aimed at playing to the gallery but made it clear that he was not going to make any compromise over decorum of the House. ‘‘My all efforts would be aimed at running the House in best tradition for a fruitful discussion on the issues faced by the poor people of all three regions. That is my concern. That is my primary duty-to maintain decorum of the House and get the issues debated’’, he said.