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Ruckus in J&K assembly over Omar's remarks

Oct 07, 2010 12:40 PM IST Politics Politics
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Srinagar: There was chaos in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Thursday as opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Panthers Party legislators tore papers and snatched mikes to protest Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's speech a day earlier.

The legislators, who gathered near the speaker's podium, were marshalled out of the House. In the process, BJP legislator Durga Das was injured and received stitches in a hospital. He said he was hurt by the 'kada', or steel bangle, worn by one of the marshals. Two other BJP legislators also claim to have been injured.

The BJP, Panthers Party and the Jammu Morcha, who were also lashing out at the Chief Minister outside the Assembly, accused him of carrying out Hurriyat agenda. The MLAs have decided to boycott the rest of the session.

The opposition legislators were protesting Abdullah's speech Wednesday where he had said Kashmir had acceded to India under an agreement and not merged with it. He had also asked why the BJP was repeatedly stating that Kashmir was an integral part of India, as it meant they had doubts about their own statement.

Omar had also asked leaders to desist from harping on the fact that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

(With inputs from IANS)