Mehbooba Mufti tries to snatch mike from J&K House Speaker

27 July 2009
The Hindustan Times


New Delhi: Pandemonium broke out in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday over the Shopian case with opposition PDP members trooping into the well of the House and trying to snatch the Speaker's microphone. Trouble started shortly after the House assembled this morning on the opening day of the budget session with National Conference (NC) member Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan trying to draw the attention of Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone to an 'important issue' which was objected to by the PDP members. They trooped into the well of the House saying the Shopian rape and murder case involving two women was more important than anything else. Led by their leader Mehbooba Mufti, the 21-member PDP group raised slogans like 'Shopian kay katiloon ko pesh karo' (bring to book the culprits in the Shopian case). As Mehbooba tried to snatch the mike of the Speaker, Lone directed the watch and ward staff to remove the agitating PDP members from the House. The watch and ward staff assisted by security personnel escorted the members out of the House. Mufti also claimed that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was sitting there watching the Speaker using 'derogatory language' against the leader of the largest opposition without registering any protest. 'He (the Speaker) should have had more patience. I had no other way. I never threw the mike at him, I just trashed the mike. I wanted to tell him that if you are ready to use force, we can also use force. This is not the way to behave with a lady,' she said. Before directing the eviction of the PDP members, the Speaker, while pointing towards Mufti, said, 'I name you, please take your seat.' Page