Assembly’s tribute to ex-members of Plebiscite Front, Praja Parishad
KG News Desk
Srinagar, May 26: In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today paid tributes to a former minister who was once associated with Hurriyat ‘Plebiscite Front’ as well as a member of Praja Parishad which advocated complete merger of the State with the India.
Speaker Kavinder Gupta, while reading out the obituary references, mentioned Mohammad Khalil Jowhar’s association in 1960s with the ‘Plebiscite Front’ which used to advocate holding of a referendum in the State for deciding its future.
He also mentioned Thakur Sehdev’s association with Praja Parishad and RSS which wanted complete merger of the State with the Union.
Controversial Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid said, “Plebiscite was not after all a bad word as the Speaker had mentioned Plebiscite Front in the resolution.”
“Why don’t all of you 86 MLAs become Indians by conviction and use 80 per cent turnout (in Assembly elections) in favour of India in a plebscite,” he asked.
Apparently responding to Rashid’s remarks, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the mention of Plebiscite Front and Praja Parishad in the House was “reflective of Indian democracy and its strength”.
“It shows that the strength of our democracy which allows such a thing,” he said.
Omar stays away
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who missed Governor N N Vohra’s address to joint session of the legislatures on the opening day of the 35-day-long Budget session yesterday, could not attend the House today also.
However, Mr Abdullah took to micro blogging site twitter and informed that he could not attend the Assembly due to flu.
” I have a touch of flu made worse by the fluff from these Russian Poplar Trees. I hope to recover fully & be back in the assembly tomorrow”, he said.
Interestingly Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who attended the House yesterday was not present today in the House.
Today the House took up obituary reference of nine former members, including former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, father of Mehbooba, who breathed his last on January 7 at AIIMS, New Delhi.