Madni Stiffens Stance; Spurns Speakerís Plea12 March 2011
Jammu: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muhammad Sartaj Madni Saturday refused to take back his resignation as Deputy Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, despite requests from the Speaker and the state government. As the house was discussing the grants for the Parliamentary Affairs Department, PDPís Abdul Rehman Veeri, got up from his seat and submitted a letter written by Madni to the Speaker. At that time Lone was not on the chair and the house was being run by senior NC member Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan. 'It seems that you have changed your heart on the subject but I am constrained to inform that I have not been able to change mine,' Madni, who belongs to opposition PDP, wrote in the letter to Speaker. Madni resigned on March 3 after Lone reportedly made some remarks about his conduct when the Speaker had directed the marshals to remove protesting PDP members from the House, resulting in injuries to an MLA. Madni said he was sticking to his decision to quit because the issue of Lone's 'attitude towards me when I as Deputy Speaker unsuccessfully tried my level to attract your attention towards an injured MLA remains unaddressed.' The letter further reads ďThe situation continued to dominate the State especially the Kashmir valley where a 14 years old boy was booked under PSA, and if opposition, will not take such issue in the House where they will goĒ. 'I value tremendously the honour bestowed by this august House that elected me as Deputy Speaker but I would be unable to do justice with my political beliefs and peoplesí mandate if I choose to continue as such,' he said. He criticised Law Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar for attacking PDP leadership while requesting him to take back his resignation. 'The minister was unnecessarily trying to point some imaginary pressures working on me,' he said. Lone had on March 5 rejected the resignation of Madni and said he should resume his duties. 'Let us leave aside the resignation. He (Madni) should join back and perform his routine duty,' Lone had told the House. The state government's representatives- Sagar and Advisors to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and D S Rana- had also tried to pacify Madni and urged him to withdraw his resignation.