Ruckus in JK Assembly as members take oath

20 January 2009
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: The newly elected members of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday took oath amid uproarious scenes with the opposition creating a ruckus over issues ranging from Jammu to the languages used at the event. The opposition Peoples democratic party (PDP) members created a furore when BJP state president Ashok Khajuria took oath in Dogri and referred to 'Vaishnodevi Mata' in place of 'Parmatma'. He later had to use the word 'Parmatma' while concluding his oath. All eleven BJP members, who wore saffron coloured turbans, took oath in Dogri. Objections were also raised by members of the house when Nazir Ahmed Gurezi of the National Conference (NC) took oath in Shina (Dardi) language. He, however, defended himself saying Shina was a recognised language in the 6th schedule of the J&K constitution and was allowed to continue. Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) created a ruckus in the assembly when speaker Pro-tem Choudhary Mohammad Aslam was administering oath to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and alleged that the new coalition government was discriminating against Jammu region. As the cacophony continued, some members from the treasury bench protested saying this was not the occasion to raise such issues. Abdullah, however, completed his oath in the din.