Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: The Panthers Party and Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs on Thursday protested the statement of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks on Kashmir crisis.
MLAs of the BJP and Panthers Party were marshalled out of the House.
Protesting MLAs had stormed the well of the House accusing Omar of making what they call anti-national remarks in his speech. The MLAs are being called back after other member intervened.
BJP MLA Durga Das and a policeman were injured during the melee. Both have been sent to hospital.
Marshals had to be called to take the protesting MLAs out of the Assembly.
Senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta told the reporters here that Panthers Party member and three BJP members Jugal Kishore, Sukhnandan and Lal Chand were injured.
The BJP legislature party has decided to boycott the remaining part of the Assembly which will end on October 9.
The BJP members were angry over Omar’s remarks on Wednesday while winding up the two-day debate in the state Assembly on the prevailing law and order situation in Kashmir.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday lashed out at New Delhi for not consulting his government on various issues.
‘Ours is accession to India not merger. We have a special constitutional status in the country which should not be ignored,’ the chief minister said.
Speaking in Legislative Assembly here, Omar said that he was never consulted by New Delhi on opening schools in 8-point programme.
Asserting that he was not running a puppet government, Omar said, “We take decisions but always try to do things in consultation.”
The Chief Minister said one heard slogans like “quit Kashmir” and “go India go” on the streets today.”…but those giving these slogans have to realise, who has left Kashmir. More army and paramilitary forces have come due to the situation over the past three months and the only people to leave are doctors, engineers, students and businessmen,” he said.
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