January 2017 News

J&K MLAs Insult National Anthem In Assembly

2 January 2017

Srinagar: Some opposition lawmakers allegedly disrespected the national anthem on Monday by not standing to attention and continuing with sloganeering while it was being played in the Central Hall of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on the opening day of the budget session in Jammu. BJP which is the ruling alliance partner of the PDP, was quick to demand apology from the opposition parties for insulting the National Anthem. 'This is very shameful that the leaders of Congress and NC disrespected the National Anthem soon after the governor's address concluded. Even knowing that the National Anthem was being played they continued with protests. Being an Indian I am pained and seek apology from NC, Congress and even the governor who did not bother to stood up there when National Anthem was being played', said Ravinder Raina, BJP MLA from Nowhsera constituency. 'Most of senior MLAs of NC, Congress and other parties were in attention. Fact remains that the national anthem was played in such inaudible volume that the governor could not hear it and he walked down.The responsibility lies with the parliamentary affairs minister for playing the anthem in such inaudible volume. Nobody meant any disrespect to the anthem', said Nawang Rigzin Jora, Congress Legislature Party, leader. Later J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stirred another row when she said the present situation in the state is the direct fallout of many of the political misadventures in the past by some political forces just to remain in power. 'The 22 year long political struggle and its abrupt end in mid 70s and the rigged elections of 1987 almost finished the space for political dissent in Jammu and Kashmir which ultimately forced the youth to resort to violent means. These events have laid the seeds of uncertainties of present times in the State', said Mehbooba while speaking on the Obituary Reference in the Legislative Assembly,