Let bygones be bygones, J&K Speaker tells Dy; rejects resignation

J&K Assembly Speaker Mohmmad Akbar Lone on Saturday rejected the resignation of his deputy Sartaj Madni, who had quit over Lone`s remarks against him, and said he should resume his duties.

Jammu: J&K Assembly Speaker Mohmmad Akbar Lone on Saturday rejected the resignation of his deputy Sartaj
Madni, who had quit over Lone`s remarks against him, and said
he should resume his duties.

"Let us leave aside the resignation. He (Madni) should
join back and perform his routine duty," Lone told the House,
when his attention was drawn to the issue of the resignation
of Deputy Speaker by CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami.
Tarigami had earlier appealed to Madni, who belongs to
opposition PDP, to take back his resignation but Madni did not
attend the proceedings today.

"He (Madni) is my friend and has been my junior in the
University. There are at times verbal duels, but we have no
personal scores to settle," the Speaker said.

"So Madni should join back and leave the issue of his
resignation," Lone said.
Madni had resigned on March three from the post of
Deputy Speaker of the Assembly over comments by Lone
against him in the local media.

Lone had reportedly attacked the Deputy Speaker by
asking him to resign and become spokesperson of the PDP in an
interview.

The state government`s representatives-- Minister for
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohd Sagar and Advisors to
Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and D S Rana-- tried to pacify
Madni and urged him to withdraw resignation on Thursday.

PTI

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