Violent protests in J&K Assembly over Mehbooba’s remarks on Article 370

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was on February 1 rocked by unprecedented violent protests during which furniture was damaged and mikes were uprooted by opposition members who demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti clarify her stand on her remarks on Article 370, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House. As the House assembled this morning, Leader of the Opposition Omar Abdullah sought clarification from Speaker Kavinder Gupta on whether he had checked the records of the proceedings connected with the Chief Minister’s statement and expunged her remarks on Article 370.

“I want to ask whether you have expunged the remarks. Have you gone through the records,” Omar asked.

“When will the chief minister give her statement on the floor of House to clarify her stand on her remark? At what time she is going to give her statement,” he questioned. The Speaker said he has gone through the records and the chief minister did not mean what has been said over her remarks.

On this, the National Conference and the Congress trooped into the Well of the House, raising slogans against the government and the Speaker, demanding that the Chief Minister make a statement on the floor of the House.

Some of the members were seen protesting on the tables and furniture and mikes were uprooted during the protests.

Chairs were thrown, papers were torn and thrown in the Well as anti-government, anti-BJP, anti-Speaker and anti-RSS slogans were raised.

The Speaker adjourned the House for half an hour as it became difficult to continue the proceedings.

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