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Last day of Budget session : Uproar in House over Lone’s pro-Pak slogans

Jammu, Feb 12: The Speaker Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta on Monday said that he will not allow the August House to be ‘misused’ by some members after BJP legislators created uproar over ‘Pro Pakistan’ slogans raised by the National Conference MLA Akbar Lone.

Gupta, during the last day of the ongoing Budget session on Monday, said that as a custodian he will not allow the August House to be misused by some members as platform for pursing anti-India activities.


Without naming Lone, who had raised pro-Pakistan slogan on the floor of the Assembly on Saturday, the Speaker said that some members who had previously committed mistakes should not repeat such mistakes in future and maintain sanctity of the House.

Earlier the BJP members created uproar and demanding action against NC member, sought registration of sedition charges on him for shouting pro-Pakistan slogans.

“Some members have made mockery of this August House by raising such demands which are anti-constitution”, BJP member R S Pathania said, adding, “earlier some members have raised demand of “Azadi” and now one of the senior members, who himself served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly has shouted pro-Pakistan slogan”.

“ Lone does not deserve to be member of the Legislative Assembly”, Pathania said. BJP MLA Rajeev Sharma supported his demand while another party MLA Rajeev Jasrotia observed that it is for the first time in the history of J&K, a member shouted pro-Pakistan slogan on the floor of the House while FIR should be registered against  Lone.

However, National Conference MLA Mohammad Shafi Uri drew attention of the House asserting that the top leadership has disowned member’s statement.

“Our party’s (NC) stand is clear and committed to the integrity and unity of the country and we never challenged sovereignty of the India’s state,” said Uri.


Speaker adjourns House sine-die

Jammu, Feb 12:  Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, in exercise of powers conferred upon him under Rule 16 of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today adjourned the House sine-die after 27-day Budget Session.

In his brief speech, the Speaker expressed gratitude to the members, including Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, A R Veeri, Leader of the Opposition, Omar Abdullah for their cooperation for smooth conduct of Business in the House. He maintained that being first timer as Member of the House, he had the opportunity to become the Speaker of this august House and learnt things gradually and with the cooperation of all parties he tried to do justice with all Members to give them adequate time for the debate.

He also complimented the entire administration, assembly secretariat, media, security agencies, civil secretariat employees, Information Department and all other departments who played their role for the smooth conduct of the Budget Session.

Giving details of the business conducted during the session, Mr. Gupta said the session comprised of 27 working days, consuming 101 hours and 55 minutes. He in total 1165 questions received, 631were starred, 534 un-starred. Out of these, 1110 were admitted, 187 taken up, 55 disallowed and 518 supplementary questions were raised during the session.

He said that total 21 Bills were received, 21 were introduced and 20 Bills were passed.  One Bill was returned by the Governor and passed by the House with Amendment, while as one Bill was referred to the Select Committee.

He said that out of total 62 Private Member’s Bills, 5 were introduced, one passed. Similarly, 143 Calling Attention Notices were received, out of which 59 were taken up and 10 disallowed. As many as 2271 Cut Motions were received, out of which 2229 were taken up and 42 disallowed.

Gupta further informed that during the session, 102 Resolutions were received, of which 88 were admitted, 14 balloted for being taken up, 3 were taken up in the House and one was adopted. Besides, 14 Papers were laid on the Table of the House, and 9 Reports of various Committees were presented.