Fracas Derails Afzal Resolution28 September 2011
Times of India
Srinagar: A move for an assembly resolution seeking clemency for parliament attack convict Afzal Guru fell through on Wednesday, as legislators came to blows, overturned tables and created ruckus on separate issues to force the House's adjournment. The private member's resolution would now be taken up in the next session. Wednesday was the only day for private members' bills to be taken up in the current nine-day session that ends next week. Independent North Kashmir legislator Abdul Rashid Sheikh, who had moved the resolution, accused the ruling National Conference-led coalition and opposition PDP of sabotaging his move. 'We have failed our people by not allowing the resolution. The NC, Congress, PDP and BJP should ask their conscience whether they have done the right thing by sabotaging the resolution,' Sheikh said. Trouble started after the Congress legislators demanded action against seven BJP MLAs who had voted against their party whip in last legislative council elections. Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone adjourned the house for the first time in the day as the legislators of the two parties rushed to the well and raised slogans against each other. The Congress MLAs accused the seven BJP members of corruption and enquired about their status after the saffron party high command had suspended them. The BJP members objected to the Congress demand, leading to pandemonium. They, along with the panther's Party, demanded the resolution be dropped. When the house reconvened at noon, the ruckus continued and Lone had to adjourn the house for the day. The clemency resolution was to come up after the zero hour. Interestingly, the assembly secretariat had changed the house's timing from 10am-5pm to 9.30am-1.30pm for Wednesday. Sheikh denounced the political parties as New Delhi's 'puppets' and alleged that intelligence agencies controlled them. He also lashed out at Hurriyat leaders for their 'hidden agenda' as they 'did not utter even a word about my resolution'. The independent legislator too rushed to the House's well, smashed fans and threw a mike fitted on one of the tables near chief minister Omar Abdullah's seat. He tore a copy of the resolution to shreds before walking out of the house. Sheikh had moved the resolution on September 1Lone blamed Congress and BJP legislators for disrupting the house. '(They) instantly resorted to ruckus and started leveling allegations against each other. I gave them an opportunity to be heard, but (was) finally compelled to adjourn the house.' The speaker said the two parties were playing a 'friendly match, though, with a little bit of violence'. Opposition leader and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti blamed the National Conference for 'stage-managing' the disruption. 'It was like match-fixing and the NC, Congress and BJP closely coordinated to scuttle the discussion on Guru clemency resolution,' she said. 'The NC was the director while Congress and BJP were actors in the drama.' BJP's Chaman Lal Gupta also blamed Omar. 'His tweet (on Guru clemency) triggered the controversy and both the NC and Congress got exposed.'