SRINAGAR: Members of right wing BJP have led a murderous assault at Independent MLA Abdul Rashid from Langate constituency in Kashmir. The opposition has reportedly staged a walk-out as a result of the ruckus in the assembly.
Rashid had allegedly thrown a Beef party at MLA Hotel on Wednesday where beef kebabs, ‘ristas’ (meat balls) and beef patties, which has left the BJP counterparts miffed. The fight in the assembly went on to become physical with the MLA caught amidst the blows by BJP officials. As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several NC and Congress MLAs rushed to save him.
Rashid in return said that he did not want to hurt any sentiments by this move. The motive of the party was to make this clear that “no legislaor can stop anyone from eating what they want”. “The step was “just to give them (legislators) a clear message that it hardly makes any difference whether you accept or reject the bill… religious matters cannot be kept subservient to courts and assembly,” the MLA had said.
Commenting on the ruckus at the assembly, ex-CM Omar Abdullah said, what happened in the assembly today was “impossible to digest”. “What happened today is impossible to digest. An honourable member being assaulted in the House. It seems that they wanted to murder him (Rashid). If he had done anything that was objectionable that should have been put on record,” said the former Jammu and Kashmir CM.
Ex-Cm further went on to say that Deputy CM Nirmal Singh must apologize on behalf of the misconduct of the party members. Singh though did not approve of the act, but he stood by the fact that Er. Rashid had wronged the law.
Nirmal Singh said that whatever happened in the house was unfortunate and he disapproved of it, but added that what Engineer Rashid had done the previous day was “both condemnable and unfortunate”.
Since the deputy chief minister stopped short of issuing a clear apology in his statement, opposition NC, Congress, CPI M, member Yusuf Tarigami and other independents including Engineer Rashid and Hakeem Yaseen walked out of the house after which question hour started in the assembly.
The Beef Ban controversy gripped the state when BJP brought a resolution demanding capital punsiment for those violating the Law under Article 298 of RPC, but NC and other independent legislators are condemning the move by BJP and calling it a sort of “interference in Religious Affairs”. PDP is mum over the issue. The coalition though seems to be divided on the controversy with both parties hinting at the opposite.
The matter rests with Supreme court for now.