J&K House Adjourned Over 'snow Deaths'
23 February 2005
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was adjourned today amidst pandemonium as the Opposition National Conference members demanded discussion on the havoc caused by snow and avalanches in various parts of the state. When the House met here this morning, all members of the National Conference and one member of the CPM, Mr M.Y. Tarigami, demanded adjournment of the routine business and a detailed discussion on the natural calamities. When the speaker, Mr Tara Chand, rejected the motion seeking adjournment of the business listed for the day, the NC members started shouting slogans against the government. When the repeated pleas of the Speaker failed to restore order, he ordered the adjournment of the House for half an hour. And the moment the House met again, Mr Tara Chand informed the agitated members that an hour-long discussion on the issue would be allowed tomorrow. This further infuriated the NC members who walked to the well of the House shouting slogans against the government. As the NC members refused to resume their seats, the Speaker announced the adjournment of the House for a day. Mr Abdul Rahim Rather, leader of the Opposition, later told newsmen in the lobby that they had demanded adjournment of the business listed for the day and not for the House. The NC members and other senior party leaders later met the Governor, Mr S.K. Sinha, and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention in mitigating the tribulations of the people.