Srinagar: Opposition PDP on Tuesday staged a
walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly after
the Speaker rejected their adjournment motion for discussing
the issue of unmarked graves and delay in probing the killings
during last year`s summer unrest.
As soon as the Assembly began the day`s proceedings, the
PDP members led by party president Mehbooba Mufti were on
their feet demanding that Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone allow
the adjournment motion.
"Let us send a message that we are serious about these
issues by putting other issues like water, electricity and
roads aside today," Mehbooba told the Speaker.
However, Lone said a similar motion moved by National
Conference MLA Mir Saifullah had been listed in the business
of the House for discussion today.
The Speaker urged the opposition members to allow the
Question Hour to be conducted.
However, the opposition members refused to relent, saying
the unmarked graves issue was of urgent nature and should be
taken up before the other business.
"It is a matter of shame that this issue has not been
discussed in our Parliament but has been debated by the
British Parliament," the PDP president said.
Heated exchanges took place between several National
Conference members and opposition PDP on whether the
adjournment motion should be allowed.
As the time fixed for Question Hour came to an end, the
Speaker announced that he has rejected the adjournment motion
as per the rules of the business of the House.
"I cannot allow this adjournment. I reject it," Lone
All the PDP members staged a walkout soon after the
Speaker announced his ruling on the matter.