Srinagar, Jul 7 (UNI) The Legislative Assembly hall in the new legislature complex, inaugurated only yesterday, became a part of history today when Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced to resign without going in for a vote of confidence.
Despite heavy rains, hundreds of people were waiting outside the new complex, which was jampacked, an hour before the start of the proceedings of a special session summoned by Governor N N Vohra to allow Mr Azad to prove his majority.
Among those present in the visitors gallery were National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah, National Panthers Party (NPP) chief Prof Bhim Singh and a number of upper house members belonging to different political parties.
As the seats in the officers gallery were also fully occupied, a number of senior officers had to watch the proceedings standing.
A Congress member from Amira Kadal Mohammad Shafi Bhat, who was indisposed, was helped to reach his seat by an official of the Assembly.
Everyone present in the House was keenly watching when former Deputy Chief Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig went upto Mr Azad. He was discussing something with Mr Azad for about ten mintues before returning to his seat.
Hundreds of people waited outside on the main road in the rains as there was no restriction.
For the first time, the summer capital did not impose any restrictions on traffic movement in the city as was the practise when the House remained in session in the past.
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