Assembly: ‘No Ration Card Registered in the Name of Lawmaker Er Rasheed’

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After government suspended three officials from Chhamb constituency for “putting” name of MLA concerned in BPL list, J&K Government on Friday said that there is no ration card registered in name of Langate lawmaker.

Er Sheikh Ab Rasheed, who represents North Kashmir’s Langate Assembly Constituency, had told the lower house that his name too has “figured in Below Poverty Line” (BPL) category.

The issue came up a few days ago in lower house when Chhamb lawmaker said as “how his name appeared in BPL list”.

Revenue Minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari, had directed Deputy Commissioner concerned to investigate the matter. On Thursday, government placed three person including a Tehsildar under suspension and DC concerned has been asked to file the report within a stipulated time.

“There is no ration card registered in the name of Er Sheikh Ab Rasheed in his constituency,” Bukhari told the lower house today. The government response amazed lawmakers as people in other galleries.

“The ration card is registered in the name of Rasheed’s father,” Bukhari further said. “Er Rasheed is part of the same family and there is only one ration and that too registered in his father’s name.

Minister Bukhari’s response forced NC’s Sonawari MLA and former Speaker, Muhammad Akbar Lone to stand up and speak. “What could be understood from government response is that either Minister is lying or Er Rasheed is a liar,” Lone told the house.

“So, it is my request to bring Breach of Privilege Motion against the one who has misled the house,” Lone told the Speaker.

The statement of Lone witnessed instant support from Handwara lawmaker and Minister Sajad Lone.

Supporting the demand of bringing breach of privilege motion against the one “who lied”, Peoples Conference (S) president, Sajad told the house, “during late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government, Er Rasheed fought as how list of people registered under BPL was deleted.”

Sajad said, “then we had a meeting with district officials and issue was sorted out. But in this august house, he has raked up the issue of ‘putting his name in BPL’. It is mockery and this must be investigated.” The debate went on in the absence of Langate lawmaker.

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