Respite For Omar Abdullah As J&K House Session Ends

Respite For Omar Abdullah As J&K House Session Ends

4 October 2011
The Economic Times


Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session was adjourned sine die after the Opposition continued to disrupt it over the death of a National Conference worker. According to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Yusuf was handed over to the police after he admitted to illegally collecting money from people who were promised favours from the government and died after he suffered a heart attack. Opposition PDP remained adamant that it be permitted to make a statement on the issue but the Speaker rejected the adjournment motion. Other opposition leaders alleged the House was held hostage by NC, Congress and PDP, preventing them from raising issues and transacting business beneficial to the people. 'For the first time in my political career, I did not get even a single opportunity to intervene on any issue,' Panthers Party leader Harsh Dev Singh said. 'Not a single question of mine could be taken up.' 'We had come with issues of the people but the house remained hostage to the parties for one or the other reason,' Singh's colleague Balwant S Mankotia said. BJP's Ashok Khajuria accused PDP of helping the coalition by suppressing raising of issues related to governance. 'I am not supporting the (main) opposition, but the issue is so sensitive that it merits a debate in the House,' said CPM MLA Yousuf Tarigami. He said if this case is not debated in the Assembly, where else could lawmakers go? Harsh Dev said the issue was vital and should have been discussed threadbare in the Assembly before asking CBI to probe the issue. But the government said the case had been referred to a sitting judge of the high court and any debate on the issue could influence the inquiry. The government has only written to the Chief Justice of the HC requesting him to spare a sitting judge for the investigation. The High Court is yet to decide. Police sources said baring the inquest proceedings under Section 176 RPC, there is nothing that has happened in the case. They are busy drafting the basic documents that the commission of inquiry would require once it takes over. The Upper House of the state legislature also was hit by the issue. Since, there are only four members from opposition, the deputy chairman marshalled them out to conduct the House business. Later, the House was also adjourned sine die. With the Assembly adjourned, PDP has lost a platform to press for the resignation of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and his father Farooq Abdullah. PDP is meeting to devise a strategy for following up the issue. But party President Mehbooba Mufti said she was awaiting the defamation suit that Abdullah has threatened to file against her. 'Since we were not permitted to talk about the issue, the suit will offer us an opportunity to share the details of the case with the people,' Mufti said.


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