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Abrupt ending of Legislature Session unconstitutional: Harsh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 2:  Lambasting the BJP-PDP Govt for premature adjournment of the Legislature Session,  NPP chairman and former minister  Harsh Dev Singh has said that the unprecedented move had created huge disappointment among various sections of society who had pinned high hopes from the said session.
Talking to media-persons here today,  Singh said that abrupt ending of the session seven days ahead of the original schedule, was not only politically motivated but highly contemptuous and outrageous, besides being violative of Rules of procedure of Legislature enacted in the light of powers conferred by Section 85 of Constitution of J&K.
Singh said that the Rules provided that the “Business Advisory Committee” comprising members from all political parties represented in the Assembly shall finalize the Assembly Calendar and any changes in the duration of  the session could be effected only after the recommendation of the said Committee. He lamented that the present Session saw the most flagrant violation of rules and procedures with the Speaker of the Assembly also making and withdrawing his rulings depending upon the political expediencies of the ruling parties.
Making a particular mention of the Speaker’s original ruling that the Chief Minister’s comments relating to Art 370 be expunged, Singh regretted that the said order was subsequently withdrawn without any cogent reasons. Likewise,  the BJP rendered itself on object of contemptuous humorous disparagement by swallowing the insult heaped upon them by the statement of Mehbooba Mufti who termed all opponents of Art 370 as `anti- nationals’.
He regretted that Mehbooba’s statement was highly obnoxious as it dubbed even the national Icons and legendary leaders including Dr Shyama Parsad Mookerjee, Pt Din Dayal Upadhayay, Pt Prem Nath Dogra besides others as `anti-nationals’ but BJP shamelessly acquiesced for crumbs of power.
Describing the brief session as a farce, Singh said that not a single important issue of the general public was settled despite the Govt arousing lots of hopes and expectation. He said that the only achievement of the session was the hefty doles announced for Ministers and Legislators and having done so, the session was adjourned.  He further questioned the justification of enhancement of CDF in a situation when several MLAs had not spent even 10 % of the CDF grants released to them during the last two years.
Gagan Pratap Singh general secretary Young Panthers was also present on the occasion.

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