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Omar’s speech triggers ruckus in house
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 11:56 PM IST
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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and a policeman were injured Thursday as chaos erupted in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly with opposition members disrupting proceedings over Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s speech a day earlier.
A day after Abdullah said in the assembly that “the state has acceded through an agreement to India and not merged with it”, BJP and Panthers’ Party legislators gathered near Speaker M.A. Lone’s podium, tearing papers and shouting slogans.
As agitated members started moving towards the speaker’s chair, ignoring his repeated requests to restore order, Lone ordered the watch and ward staff of the assembly to remove the agitating members from the house.
BJP legislator Durga Dass sustained a head injury in the melee. He alleged that he had been hit by a ‘kada’ (metallic wrist-band) worn by one of the marshals.
After first aid, during which the doctors stitched the legislator’s wound, he was shifted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura (SKIMSS).
Two other BJP legislators also claimed they had been injured when the marshals removed them physically from the house.
A head constable of the local police was injured outside the assembly hall as opposition members walked out of the house in anger. He too has been shifted to hospital.
During his 90-minute speech on the prevailing situation in the state, Abdullah Wednesday also asked BJP members why they had often stated that Kashmir was an integral part of India and why they did not say the same about Tamil Nadu?
This, he said, “indicated that they doubted the statement in their heart of hearts”.
The BJP, the Panthers’ Party and the Jammu State Morcha, which has one member in the house, have decided to boycott the rest of the present session that ends Oct 9.
The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with 21 members in the 87-member state legislative assembly, is already boycotting this assembly session.
The BJP has 11 and the Panthers’ Party three legislators.
BJP holds rally
Around 30 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists were injured Thursday in a cane charge by police when they were holding a protest march here against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s assertion that Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to -- and not merged with -- India.
Angered by the observations made by Abdullah in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday when he decried BJP legislators for “harping on Kashmir being an integral part of India”, the party activists took out a protest rally in Jammu Thursday.
The police did not allow the protest march to proceed and resorted to heavy lathi charge. More than 30 BJP activists, including some women, were injured.
The BJP was upset with Abdullah’s assertion that Jammu and Kashmir had “acceded to and not merged with India”.
State unit spokesperson of the party, Ramesh Arora said: “The central government should wake up to the dangers looming large in J&K and on its ramifications.”
“Omar Abdullah should be dismissed without any delay,” Arora said.
However, some sections in Jammu are wondering why the BJP legislators did not object to the chief minister’s speech on Wednesday itself when they were sitting in the house.
The National Conference was part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the centre and Omar Abdullah was a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He had stayed on as a minister even after the NDA government had rejected the autonomy resolution passed by the state assembly by a two-thirds majority.

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