Assembly witness ruckus over slapping of PSA

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Pardeep Singh Bali

The Opposition and BJP legislators Wednesday created ruckus in the Legislative Assembly over slapping of the Public Safety Act on a Muslim leader of the Jammu region.

As soon as the Legislative Assembly started its proceedings, MLA Langate Er Abdul Rashid stood of his chair and accused the government of “harassing” the Muslims and demanded release of the Muslim leader of the Jammu region, who has reportedly been booked under the draconian law, PSA.

“I want answer why Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah, president Muslim Development Forum has been booked under the PSA,” Rashid demanded. “Has Shah been convicted because he participated in late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s Chahrum? You should have booked communal elements of Samba and those who killed Ishtiyaq and Zahid.” On this Speaker Kavinder Gupta said, “PSA is slapped on anti-national elements.” MLA Langate accused the PDP of becoming “brokers” and having left “Muslims of Jammu at the mercy of right wing Hindus”.

Amid this the BJP legislators stood of their chairs and tried to confront the MLA Langate. Some of the  legislators also used un-parliamentary language against each other. The Speaker accused Rashid for “deliberately” disturbing the House. “I warn you not to disturb the House and allow the Question Hour to proceed,” Gupta said. “Baad Mein Jaaye Aap Ka Question Hour (Go to hell your question hour). Tell me why PSA has been slapped on 129 youth of the Palhalan why not in Samba,” Rashid replied.

The NC legislators also supported Er Rashid and were seeking reply from the government why the Muslim leader was booked under PSA. CPI (M) legislator M Y Tarigami asked the legislators to respect the sanctity of the House. “Don’t politicize the House and divide J&K on the communal lines.” Tarigami demanded that government should inform the House why the Muslim leader was booked under the PSA. The NC legislators asked the Speaker why Sagar was not allowed to speak.

“Why you (Speaker) didn’t allow the senior leader Sagar Sahab to speak. You are nobody to snub a senior lawmaker like this,” NC’s Mohammad Akbar Lone told Speaker. After which Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Law and Justice, minister Abdul Haq Khan said the legislators should respect the sanctity of the House and not to resort “un-parliamentary” language and allow the Legislative Assembly to proceed. He assured the legislators that government will present a report in the House into this issue very soon.

Rasheed responded, “Bakwaas Band Karo. Kis Izzat Ki Baat Kartay Ho?” Following this, Rasheed was marshalled out of the house.  “Don’t give us lectures. You should response to Er Rashid’s questions why Jammu Muslim has been booked under PSA,” Sagar told Haq Khan.

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