NC protests violation of model code

JAMMU, MARCH 3. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was adjourned today, amid protests by the National Conference during the question hour against the large scale transfers and appointments in the last few days in ``blatant violation of the model code of conduct.''

The National Conference members, armed with documents to substantiate their charge, raised the issue as soon as the House assembled for the day. They said that the transfers in the Public Health Engineering (PHE) and education departments were a violation of the model code. The Speaker, Tara Chand, told the members that they must approach the Election Commission. An NC legislator and former Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, said the Opposition was well within its rights to take up the issue in the Assembly, as the State Government was answerable to the House. The Opposition members raised slogans against the Government.

The Speaker asked the Deputy Chief Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, to reply to the charge. Mr. Sharma said that the Opposition was making wild allegations.

The transfers were effected on February 28, well before the code of conduct came into operation.

This prompted the NC legislators to resume slogan-shouting, alleging that the State Government was producing wrong facts. The Speaker then adjourned the House for five minutes.