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Ruckus in J&K Assembly over ‘bias’ remark by NC memeber

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today witnessed ruckus after ruling BJP and PDP members slammed National Conference member Javed Rana for accusing Speaker Kavinder Gupta of being “biased” and demanded action against him.

Trouble started as soon as House met for the day with BJP and PDP members protesting against the comments made by Rana last evening in which he had alleged that he was being denied permission to speak in the debate on Budget. On Tuesday, Rana had said, “I am denied time to speak. I have not been allowed in the House to speak on Governor’s address and now on budget. I am discriminated against.

The Speaker had said he has allotted time to all the parties and he should talk to his party leader. Protesting against his remarks strongly today, BJP and PDP accused him of insulting the Chair by making “unparliamentary” remarks and demanded action against him. Some BJP members led by Sat Sharma trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans against Rana.

Rana and some of his party colleagues shouted back, leading to uproar.

Sat Sharma said Rana has used “unparliamentary language” against the Speaker which is uncalled for. He said the NC member has lowered the respect of the House and the decorum of the House.

Amid noisy scenes, CPI(M) member M Y Tarigami demanded expunging of the words used by Rana, saying these are not in conformity with the decorum of the House. He also asked senior NC members to stop their members from repeating such words against the Chair.

The Speaker said the member had used “unparliamentary language” against him and “this does not behove you as senior member of the House”.

Asking Rana and other members to take their seats, the Speaker told the NC member, “You should not speak. You should not repeat such words again.”

BJP members, however, persisted with demands for action against him.

After disruptions for over half an hour, the House took up the Question Hour. Later, during the debate on Demand for Grants, when Rana was speaking, the Speaker told him to conclude as he had exceeded the time given to him.

Rana alleged that the Speaker was “biased” and did not allow time for members to speak. This drew protests from BJP members who demanded action against him, saying he was repeatedly using unparliamentary language against the Chair.

Rana, flanked by other NC members, raised slogans that RSS ideology will not be allowed in this House. “You have muzzled my voice. You do not allow us to speak. You have done injustice to me,” he said.

Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told Rana: “You spoke for 20 minutes and then staged walkout. You used unparliamentary language against the Chair, which does not behove you as a senior member of this House. You have to maintain the decorum of the House”.

Senior NC members Ali Mohmmad Sagar said there is a mistake on the part of the member as he should not have said so. He said Rana has apologised and issue has ended. At the same time, Sagar said the “government cannot muzzle the voice of the opposition. We will not let this happen”.

Speaker told Rana, “You have scolded me which cannot be tolerated.” At this, Rana hit out at PDP and alleged that they have “sold Kashmir to New Delhi”. This drew more protests from the ruling benches.

Speaking to media later, Rana said he alleged in the House that Speaker is “biased as he carries forward the agenda of Hindutva. We will not allow the House to be run on the agenda of RSS and Nagpur.”

Refusing to apologise, he said, “Why should I tender apology when I have said nothing wrong? According to my opinion, the Speaker is trying to muzzle the voice of the opposition.”

He claimed that he had “not said a ‘Hindu Speaker’ but a ‘Speaker working on Hindutva ideology’… We will not allow that ideology from Nagpur and Delhi to be dictated here. He gives more time to BJP and less to us.”

Education Minister Naeem Akhtar condemned the use of unparliamentary words used by the NC member against the Speaker and said “He should apologise and party should take action against it”.

Questioning Rana for raking up a ‘Hindu Speaker’ issue, he said, “We are living in a secular country and the Speaker is above these things. It is unfortunate.”

Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Nawang Rizgin Jora said “it should have not happened. But once the senior member of NC has spoken on it there is no need to blow it up.”

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