In a first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the main opposition parties National Conference and Congress Tuesday staged parallel proceedings in the well of the House to poke fun at the government. According to KNS correspondent , Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was rocked by protests for the second day today as opposition members stormed the well of the House demanding adjournment of Question Hour to discuss various issues. The NC was demanding a discussion of Article 35 A which upholds the unique status of the permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As the speaker did not allow the opposition parties demands, they placed a chair at the opposite end of the Assembly Hall and asked the former Speaker and NC MLA Mubarak Gul to preside over the proceedings. Though the chair was immediately removed by the Assembly staff, Gul conducted mock proceedings with the protesting MLAs. The NC legislators demanded a discussion on Article 35 A from former Speaker Mubarak Gul who stood at the entrance of the well, allowed the discussion, triggering laughter in the house. Some NC MLAs later tried to climb the tables of Assembly reporters, prompting the Speaker to order eviction and suspension of Altaf Kaloo and Abdul Majeed Larmi for the rest of the session. Infuriated NC members then staged a walkout and raised slogans against the Speaker.
2015 Kashmir Despatch