Guru clemency resolution deferred after adjournment

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Old 29-Sep-2011
Guru clemency resolution deferred after adjournment

Srinagar: The clemency resolution for Afzal Guru, convicted of the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, will come up for discussion in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly's next session as it could not be taken up yesterday due to adjournment of the house after unruly scenes.

A clash between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members led to three adjournments of the assembly, the last one for the day.

Under the house rules, if a resolution is not taken up on the day it is listed, it automatically goes to the next session. Therefore, even though the present assembly session, which started on Monday, ends on October 4, the resolution tabled by independent legislator Engineer Rashid, will now be taken up in the next session.

Congress and BJP members clashed near Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone's podium over alleged corruption by some BJP members who had voted against the party whip during the last legislative council elections.

Slogan shouting

"You are converting this house into a fish market," Lone told them as they resorted to slogan-shouting and hurling papers at each other. The speaker then adjourned the house.

Earlier, protests marred proceedings when the house assembled as legislators of the BJP and Congress opposed the tabling of the Guru resolution, forcing two adjournments.

The protesting members shouted slogans against the resolution submitted by Rashid, a legislator from north Kashmir's Langate constituency. BJP and Congress members surrounded the speaker's podium.

The speaker initially adjourned the house for half an hour. After the assembly resumed, the BJP members smashed furniture and mikes, shouting: "Anti-national resolution ko wapas karo, wapas karo [Take back the anti-national resolution]." The house was again adjourned for an hour.

Rashid exchanged heated words with the members of the BJP and the National Panthers' Party inside the house. Addressing the media outside the assembly after the adjournment, he said: "It was a written script to which the [ruling] National Conference, the Congress, the BJP and the People's Democratic Party played.

"It was a well-planned conspiracy which was worked out to ensure that the clemency resolution is not put to vote. They did not even have the moral courage to oppose my resolution. They simply staged a drama inside the assembly," he said.

"The PDP has also been a party to this drama. They did not utter a single word to have the resolution discussed. All of them are agents and puppets of New Delhi," he added.

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