Muharram Review Meet: Hakeem, Lone, Karblaie Stage Walkout, say ‘Humiliated’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Three senior legislators of the opposition Monday walked out against what they called “insult and humiliation” form a Muharram review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at SKICC here.

Talking to KNS MLA Khansahab and Chairman Peoples’ Democratic Front Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen said that Mohammad Akbar Lone of National Conference and Asgar Ali Karbalie of Congress and he himself were forced to walk out “no seats were kept reserved for them” as per protocol.

“Though Principle Secretary to Chief Minister BB Vyas, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon and IGP Kashmir Javed Mujtaba Geelani apologized for the government’s failure and urged us to come back to attend the meeting but they failed to arrange seats even after 10-15 minutes long wait. We then left out in protest. This is the worst kind of political and administrative arrogance even witnessed in Jammu & Kashmir state,” sources said.

“The top officials requested to them to return as they have arranged seats, which did not have their nameplates, for them. But they did not come back. It was not a big issue,” an official said.

NC MLA and former Speaker Assembly Mohammad Akbar Lone said, “this callous behaviour of the present government has become a routine affair.”

“They are insulting and humiliating MLAs in official and unofficial gatherings. We wanted to discuss the issues related to Shia populations in our respective constituencies keeping in view the commencement of the holy month of Muharram.

By insulting and humiliating opposition MLAs, the government’s seriousness has been exposed yet again. This is the worst kind of political and administrative arrogance even witnessed in Jammu & Kashmir state,” he added.

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