LIVE: Opposition rejoins J&K assembly proceedings

12:02 PM: Thrashed Kashmir legislator defends holding beef party

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 [


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.

BJP MLAs beat MLA Rashid in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for hosting Beef Party

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