LA Proceeding adjourned on 'Political Corruption' in JK

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Jammu, Jan 14 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was adjourned today for half an hour, after the protests by the opposition parties who had submitted an adjournment motion in the house to discuss the allegations of corruption against a minister levelled by an independent MLA.

Mr Shoaib Lone, MLA, had alleged on friday that a minister had taken a bribe of Rs 40,000 from him to clear his sister's file. He had also demanded a CBI probe into the killing of his father and former PDP minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Lone.

The assembly proceedings started with the opposition members demanding explanation from Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on MLA's allegations.

Leading the opposition front, Mr A R Rather accused the chief minister of shielding ministers and politicians indicted by the State Accountability Commission (SAC).

''Actions taken against officials will not curb the menace until the political corruption is stopped'' Mr Rather said, asserting the government's ''war against corruption'' was chief minister's ''hollow slogan''.

Mr Lone raised his allegations and the opposition MLAs of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), BJP and JSM also started protesting on the issue.

NC submitted an adjournment motion to discuss the issue in the assembly, which was rejected by Speaker Tara Chand.

This created a ruckus in the house and the proceedings were adjourned for half-an-hour.

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