Independent lawmaker Engineer Rashid, who was thrashed by BJP legislators on Thursday, said he did not indulge in any illegal act by hosting a beef party at his official residence here.
Engineer Rashid told reporters outside the assembly [Read More..]
11:45 AM: Opposition parties rejoined the state assembly session after Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said he condemned and felt sorry about the incident in which an MLA was manhandled in the house on Thursday.
Following persuasion by state Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari, opposition NC, Congress and independent MLAs rejoined the proceedings of the assembly.
The entire opposition had earlier walked out saying the deputy chief minister had not apologised in clear terms.
The deputy chief minister was forced to make another statement in the house after which the opposition came back.
“I have said earlier also the incident is unfortunate. I have already condemned it. I feel sorry about it,” he said.
Two ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs thrashed independent MLA Engineer Rashid in the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a beef party here the previous day.
Even before the speaker, Kavinder Gupta, could take his seat, BJP MLAs Gagan Bhagat and Rajeev Sharma pounced on Engineer Rashid and started thrashing him.
Opposition MLAs from the National Conference (NC) had to intervene to save Engineer Rashid.
Opposition leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said what was witnessed in the house today was unprecedented.
“I am still unable to fully understand what happened in the assembly today (Thursday).”
“The speaker is the custodian of the house, but we want to know what the chief minister has to say on this most unfortunate incident,” Omar Abdullah said.
Omar said whatever Engineer Rashid had done did not give BJP the right to launch a murderous attack on him.
“We respect and understand the sentiments of other communities, but that does not mean we can resort to violence to settle scores.”