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By NewsGrma staff writer
Srinagar: An independent legislator on Saturday continuously disrupted the first day of Jammu and Kashmir assembly’s autumn session as he accused the PDP-BJP government of carrying forward the agenda of the RSS.

MLA Engineer Rashid asked Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who was present in the house, to clarify his party’s stand on the beef ban issue.

“To hurt the sentiments of Muslims of the state, you (ruling PDP-BJP coalition) are carrying forward the agenda of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). It will not work,” he said.

“No interference in religious affairs,” read a banner that Rashid displayed in the assembly.

“Please speak about those are alive and not about the dead,” Rashid said as Speaker Kavinder Gupta was making obituary references on former president APJ Abdul Kalam and former ministers Ghulam Rasool Kar and Mir Ghulam Muhammad.

Rashid even tried to storm to the speaker’s podium but marshals prevented him from doing so.

Later, he walked out of the house alleging that the speaker did not allow him to speak.

The legislator has already submitted a bill seeking revocation of a 1862 law that bans slaughter, sale and possession of beef in the state.

Chief Minister Sayeed and Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah paid tributes to former president Kalam and others in the obituary reference.

The house observed two-minute’s silence as a mark of respect. The house was later adjourned for the day.

 

(IANS)

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Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

"Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank," the sources added.
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“Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta will be the new Deputy Chief Minister. Nirmal Singh who will be named the new Sspeaker of the state Legislative Assembly,” the sources said.

“The other legislators who will be inducted into the cabinet today are Sat Sharma, Rajiv Jasrotia, Devender Maniyal and Shakti Parihar.

“Parihar will be sworn in as a junior minister while the other four will be of cabinet minister rank.

“Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank,” the sources added.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also inducting two new faces into the council.

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Pulwama MLA Muhammad Khalil Bhand and Sonawar MLA Muhammad Ashraf Mir will be sworn-in on Monday.

State Governor N.N. Vohra will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the Convention Centre here.

Portfolios of the Council of Ministers will be announced by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Monday. (IANS)

 

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