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Row over V K Singh summons

A blame game is on between the Opposition and the National Conference Government in Jammu and Kashmir after Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul failed to set a time-frame to summon former Army chief V K Singh over his controversial remarks.

Published: 11th October 2013 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2013 01:32 AM   |  A+A-

A blame game is on between the Opposition and the National Conference Government in Jammu and Kashmir after Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul failed to set a time-frame to summon former Army chief V K Singh over his controversial remarks. Singh had told a news channel that some politicians in the state had been paid by the Army since 1947.

The main Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti said the NC Government had once again been exposed in the Assembly after Speaker Mubarak Gul and Law Minister Mir Saifullah spoke in different tones.

She accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s party of “once again enacting a drama in the House over the issue of privilege motion”.

“The Speaker thrice changed his statement. He first stated that he will write a letter, then changed it. The Law Minister said the Speaker would summon Singh.But it was only after our (PDP) legislators rushed to the Well of the House thrice that the Speaker finally relented,” she said. Regarding the PDP’s failure to move a privilege motion  against the former Army chief, Mehbooba said that the House was not anybody’s property.

 Gul, said he would convene a special session of the Assembly to summon Singh.

“The PDP is enacting a drama by dancing and shouting about the privilege motion accepted by the Speaker and his subsequent summoning of the former General in which they (PDP) don’t have an iota of contribution,” the CM’s political secretaryTanvir Sadiq said.



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