Speaker expunges all remarks against Farooq NC Ministers, MLAs protest in Assembly; counter PDP charges *Rashid, Afaq nearly come to blows

By Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Mar 13: For the first time in the ongoing budget session of the Legislature ruling National Conference members including three Ministers were on their feet as all NC MLAs trooped near Well of the House shouting slogans against main opposition party, the PDP for its remarks against Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah that he was involved in multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). Proceedings of the Question Hour were completely disrupted for about half an hour amidst massive sloganeering by the NC MLAs including senior leaders and former Ministers like Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal and Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan and party chief whip Mubarak Gul against the PDP, who demanded that Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone should expunge remarks made against Dr Abdullah in the Assembly yesterday by the opposition party. At the end of NC protests after about 25 minutes, NC MLA Peer Afaq and Independent MLA from Langate Engineer Abdul Rashid nearly came to blows as latter passed some remarks against the NC and PDP MLAs. Both of them were separated by senior NC Ministers and MLAs besides Marshals but not before abuses were hurled, which were expunged by the Speaker