Release Farooq, other detained leaders in Kashmir: Oppn

Kashmir Times. Dated: 11/19/2019 12:11:24 AM

Uproar in LS over ‘Kashmir instability’

NEW DELHI, Nov 18 (Agencies): The Congress and some other opposition parties on Monday protested in the Lok Sabha seeking release of detained Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and others, as well as on the “instability" in Kashmir.
The protest began soon after the House assembled for the day one of the winter session which will culminate on December 13.
Congress members raised slogans demanding a response from the Prime Minister. The members later came near the Speaker’s podium raising slogans like “stop dividing the country.”
Congress was joined by leaders of National Conference, Nationalist Congress Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Dravida Munetra Kazhgam.
The protesting MPs started sloganeering as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla invited Telugu Desam Party MP Kesineni Srinivas to pose the first question during the Question Hour. The opposition MPs raised slogans demanding release of Farooq Abdullah, apart from the various detained leaders in the newly-formed Union Territory. They continued chanting of slogans protesting over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, even as Birla conducted the House and Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal responded to Srinivas.
Trinamool Congress had given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over detention of Dr Farooq Abdullah. Amid pandemonium, Birla continued proceedings.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi appealed to opposition MPs to let the Question Hour function smoothly, assuring them that the government was ready to discuss all issues in Zero Hour.
“Question Hour is the right of every member. I appeal to you (opposition) to let the Question Hour function. Government is ready to reply over any issue in Zero Hour,” Joshi said.
As the protest continued, Birla assured the opposition that he was ready to give them a chance to speak as per rule but asked the MPs not to disrupt the proceedings of the house suggesting them to take their seats. Bharatiya Janata Party’s former ally Shiv Sena was also among the protesting MPs, but they were protesting over farmers' issue.
Earlier the Winter Session of Lok Sabha began on a stormy note, with protests by the Congress and other Opposition members over various issues.
Soon after oath-taking of four members and paying condolences to members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha who died in recent months, Opposition members sought to raise various issues.
Within minutes of commencement of the Question Hour, around 30 members from the Congress trooped into the Well, shouting slogans and demanding that the government stop attacking the opposition as well as foisting false cases. The members along with those from the National Conference also raised the issue of detention of former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
The issue was also raised by RSP leader N K Premachandran when he was given a chance to ask a supplementary question related to the Finance Ministry.
“Farooq Abdullah is not in the House. The House is not in order. I am not in a position to ask any question,” Premachandran said.
The House paid tributes to 10 members, including from the Rajya Sabha, who passed away recently. They included former Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Ram Jethmalani. The House also stood in silence as a mark of respect for the departed souls.
Before the proceedings began, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was seen chatting with a few Opposition members, including TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present in the House.



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