J&K: PDP MLA supporters demand Speaker to resign

Supporters of opposition PDP MLA Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari on Tuesday demanded resignation of Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2011, 14:02 PM IST

Srinagar: Supporters of opposition Peoples
Democratic Party MLA Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari on Tuesday
staged a protest outside the Assembly complex and demanded
resignation of Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone for allegedly using
abusive language against the legislator.
The supporters of Ansari, who is also a prominent Shia
cleric, gathered outside the Assembly and raised slogans
against the Speaker.

They demanded resignation of Lone, who allegedly used
abusive language against Ansari during the House proceedings
yesterday after being provoked by the opposition MLA.

The heated exchanges took place when PDP was seeking
adjournment of the House business to discuss the death of a
National Conference worker allegedly in police custody.

The protesters also demanded an apology from Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah on the issue.

Senior PDP leaders Mehbooba Mufti and Muzaffar Hussain
Baig addressed the protesters urging them to remain peaceful.
The protesters later dispersed peacefully.
Ansari did not attend today`s proceedings in the Assembly
which was adjourned sine die.

PTI