Day after attack, J&K MLAs pass harmony resolution

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

A day after an Independent MLA was thrashed in the J&K Assembly for throwing a beef party, the MLAs have unanimously passed a resolution appealing to the people of the state to maintain communal harmony.

The resolution was proposed by National Conference (NC) leader and former CM Omar Abdullah during the Zero Hour in the ongoing Assembly session.

MLA Rashid had allegedly hosted a beef party inside the MLA Hostel, for which he was assaulted on the floor of the House.

As soon as the Question Hour ended, Omar claimed that a deliberate attempt was being made to destroy the amity and harmony of the state. Citing Thursday’s attack on MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Omar condemned the incident claiming that it was not the real face of the state. He then suggested that the House should pass a resolution to send a message that people should maintain harmony and brotherhood in the state.

“We created a precedent yesterday but that is not the real face of Jammu and Kashmir. At the time of partition, Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of hope in the state”, Omar said.

“It was people of Kashmir who raised the slogan of ‘Hamlavar khabardar, hum Kashmiri hai tayyar’ with toy guns in hand (at the time of raids by tribals from Pakistan) and Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isayee aapas mai ha bhai bhai (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are brothers),” the former CM added.

He also alleged that there were deliberate attempts to destroy the communal harmony in the state.

“There are religious sentiments involved from both (sides) but it seems that a deliberate attempt is being made to destroy the amity and harmony. Internet has been suspended in Jammu and there is tension in Udhampur today. Let us again send that Gandhi’s ray of hope to the people of the state,” Omar said.

Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed also acknowledged Omar’s concern and complimented him for raising the issue.

“It was in the Sopore convention of 1938 when the fight for independence was still ongoing in the subcontinent that National Conference took a stand. In 1947, when migrants from other Kashmir (PoK) came here, the people in Bijbehara welcomed them with milk and water,” Sayeed recalled.

Sayeed called for being inclusive and said that extremism needed to be curbed.

“Unless you do not become inclusive, you cannot become the economic power and the nation you aspire to be. This resolution should go from here to send a message of harmony to the people of the state and the rest of the country,” Sayeed said.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta then put the resolution before the House and it was passed unanimously.

Normal proceedings resumed in the House after four days of ruckus over the beef ban issue. The controversial beef ban law was being opposed by NC and some independent MLAs including Rashid, who sought to amend the law to decriminalise cow slaughter in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)