Independent MLA rebuked for using unparliamentary language

An Independent Legislator was on Friday reprimanded by the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly for using unparliamentary language against a woman member of the House.

Srinagar: An Independent Legislator was on Friday reprimanded by the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly for using unparliamentary language against a woman member of the House.

"I condemn words you have used for the Honourable Member. You should watch your words," Speaker Mubarak Gul told Sheikh Abdul Rashid, MLA from Langate.

Rashid, while talking on land grabbing allegations against some PDP leaders, said the government should take steps to clear vast stretches of state land which has been occupied by migrant labourers from other states.

"Tomorrow, we might be facing a situation where some people may seek to rehabilitate these labourers in the state as permanent citizens," Rashid said.

National Conference MLA Bimla Luthra, sitting close to Rashid, said something to which the MLA from Langate replied: "You can neither see it nor hear it (land occupation by outsiders)".

Luthra protested the words used by Rashid and sought an apology. "He cannot call me deaf!" she said.

Later, during the House proceedings, Rashid tried to rush to the well of the House as he was not satisfied with the Government reply about the issue he had raised.

The Speaker directed the Assembly marshalls to stop the MLA and take him out of the House.

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