Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul on Wednesday decided to summon the former Army chief V.K. Singh for a clarification on his statements about State ministers.
The Speaker’s decision came after the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disrupted the proceedings after Mr Gul announced that he would seek a written statement from Gen. Singh before any further action on the breach of privilege notice moved by 16 National Conference (NC) legislators. Members of the ruling NC and the opposition PDP clashed while shouting slogans and occupying the well of the House as the former army chief Gen (retd.) V.K. Singh’s purported statement about the state ministers dominated proceedings and disrupted the business of the last day of the autumn session.
Speaker Gul adjourned the business twice as the PDP MLAs refused to accept his decision of calling for a written explanation from Gen Singh. They shouted slogans to press for their demand to summon the former army chief for his statement on the floor of the House.
Even as most of the NC MLAs and ministers watched the pandemonium, NC ministers Mir Saifullah (Law and Parliamentary affairs) and Ali Mohammad Sagar (rural development) emphasised that it was “an extremely serious matter” warranting the appearance of the accused retired officer before the state legislature.
The Congress party did not take any position, though the PDP legislators alleged that they had influenced the Speaker’s previous decision of not calling Gen Singh to the House.
The PDP members followed by some independent MLAs from the valley occupied the well, stood on tables and did not permit the Speaker to proceed with the day’s scheduled business till he announced that he would summon Gen Singh “very soon”.