Omar's Kashmir-India remark sparks row in Assembly

Written by: Samyuktha
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Srinagar, Oct 7: Chaos broke out in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Thursday, Oct 7 as Opposition members protested vehemently against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement questioning the state being the integral part of India.

BJP and National Panthers Party (NPP) MLAs rushed into the well to protest against CM's speech on the Kashmir crisis. When the situation spiralled out of control, the speaker, Mohammad Akbar Lone was left with no option but to call in the marshals to forcibly remove the protesting MLAs from the house.

As they were dragged out, four MLAs, including three from BJP and one from NPP, and a marshal sustained minor injuries. Some BJP MLAs also complained of hypertension.

As soon as the House assembled, Harsh Dev Singh of NPP had sought the permission of the speaker to raise some points on Omar's reply on the law and order debate in the Assembly on Wednesday, Oct 6.

"The chief minister should not have questioned Jammu and Kashmir being the integral part of India. We raised this issue because there are people here who talk of Azadi, autonomy and self rule," Singh said.

Supporting Singh's protest, Ashok Khajuria of BJP said anyone having a problem with India should go to Pakistan.

A full-fledged ruckus broke out when MLAs began shouting slogans like 'Hurriyat ka agenda nahi chalega (We will not allow Hurriyat agenda)', 'Separatist Government nahi chalegi' and 'Pakistani agenda nahi chalega'.

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