Oppn BJP, NPP protest Omar`s remarks

Opposition BJP and National Panthers Party MLAs on Friday staged a protest outside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly against Omar Abdullah`s remarks over accession of the state.

Srinagar: Opposition BJP and National Panthers Party MLAs on Friday staged a protest outside the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly against Omar Abdullah`s remarks over
accession of the state, with the saffron party demanding that the Chief Minister be tried for his "anti-national" speech.

The BJP members, who were marshalled out of the House yesterday, sat on the dharna outside the Assembly complex here to protest Omar`s speech and the use of marshals to evict them from the House.
BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria said the Chief Minister should be tried for his anti-national speech in the assembly. "He should be in jail for questioning the integrity of the
country," he added.

The BJP legislature party, which has decided to boycott the remaining part of the ongoing session, will continue its dharna outside the Assembly tomorrow also, Khajuria said. The NPP MLAs briefly appeared in the House on Friday and submitted a petition to Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone demanding that some parts of Omar`s speech be expunged.

"The Chief Minister categorically stated in the Assembly that Jammu and Kashmir has acceded to the Union of India and not merged with it. This statement is violative of
of section three of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir," the NPP MLAs led by Harsh Dev Singh said in the petition.

NPP has decided to boycott the ongoing Assembly session, he added. High drama was witnessed in the Assembly yesterday when opposition BJP and NPP MLAs stormed into the well of the House to protest Omar`s speech, forcing the Speaker to order marshals to take them out.

In the melee, four MLAs -- three from BJP and one from NPP -- and a security personnel suffered minor injuries. The Chief Minister, while referring to points raised by opposition members during the two-day debate, on Wednesday said Jammu and Kashmir`s accession to India cannot be compared to Hyderabad and Junagarh as the later had merged with the
Union, which was not the case with J-K.

“We have acceded to the Union under a special provision in the Constitution, while Hyderabad and Junagarh merged with India after acceding to it," he had said.

PTI

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