Partner MLA accuses Govt of corruption; House adjourned

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Jammu, Jan 11 (UNI) An independent MLA supporting Congress, today accused the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government of shielding ''killers'' of his Minister father and promoting corruption at the ministerial levels, which led to the adjournment of the Assembly.

MLA from Beerwah, Kashmir Shoaib Lone, son of PDP leader and former Minister of State for Education Ghulam Nabi Loan said his father had become a victim of political conspiracy.

''I am the victim of human rights violation. My father was not assassinated by militants but he fell victim to the political conspiracy as PDP was at the verge of spilt,'' he said.

Mr Loan, who independently contested for MLA seat after his father's death, announced in the House that he would resign from the Legislative Assembly if the government doesn't give assurance of CBI probe into his father's killing.

The young MLA also accused the government of promoting corruption. ''Who says there is no corruption in the state? I was forced to pay Rs 40,000 to a personal assistant of a Minister to get my sister's genuine work done in the civil secretariat,'' he said.

Clarifying about his usual absence from the Assembly proceedings, he said ''I get suffocated here (in the House) as nobody listens to you. I am following Mr Azad in this government just to get justice.'' The accusations of PDP MLA were however, taken as evidence by the Opposition parties for their allegations of corruption against the state government, who openly supported the demands of Mr Loan.

National Conference MLA and leader of the Opposition A R Rather said ''This boy has said which no one in the House had ever dared to till date.'' On behalf of government, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma tried to satisfy the House with the submission that the matter would be taken into consideration by the Chief Minister, who was not present in the House.

But the agitating MLAs insisted the Speaker to assure the House and direct the government for a CBI probe into the killing of former Minister of State for Education.

Finding the House in pandemonium, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings at 1300 hrs.


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