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MLA Zanskar removed from V-C post
Stripped of MoS status
JAMMU, Apr 18: The Jammu and Kashmir government has removed Zanskar MLA from the post of Vice Chairman of the state's Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and withdrawn the Minister of State status conferred on him. Commissioner-Secretary to the Government of J&K, Khurshid Ahmad, said in an order that Syed Mohammad Baqir Rizvi has been removed from the post.

“The status of Minister of State (MoS) conferred upon him is also withdrawn with immediate effect," he said.

No reason has been given for his sacking in the order issued hours after he voted for BJP instead of PDP in the biennial elections to the Legislative Council on Monday. The PDP candidate lost the poll to the BJP nominee.

Asked if the MLA cross-voted and violated the norms by voting in favour of BJP candidate, Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta said that the party whip was meant for the party not an independent member.

Rizvi had won Zanskar seat as National Conference backed independent candidate. However, after formation of PDP-BJP government, he had sided with the PDP and voted for the party in Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections in 2015.

The then Chief Minister late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had made him Vice Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) with Minister of State status.

After formation of Mehbooba Mufti-led government, he was made Vice Chairman of Construction Workers’ Welfare Board and his MoS status was retained.

The coalition saw cracks yesterday when the BJP ensured that it won three of the four berths in Legislative Council while reportedly the understanding was that they would have two seats each. As per understanding, PDP was supposed to get a vote from Syed Bakir Ali (Zanskar) and one vote from a BJP lawmaker to ensure win of its candidate – Abdul Qayoom Dar.

Interestingly, Bakir voted for BJP. In yet another shock BJP lawmaker Shakti Parihar was asked by his party to wait for three hours and finally asked to vote for his party candidate Randhawa.

News Updated at : Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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