SRINAGAR, Oct 6: The Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Tuesday asserted that the state government will protect the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Indian Constitution.
"We are here to safeguard and protect the Article 370 and Article 35A," Mr Bukhari said, amid thumping of desks by the treasury benches. "Question Hour is meant for raising issues of public interest in the House. Please stop creating disruptions," the Minister told the opposition.
Leading the charge on behalf of the coalition government, Mr Bukhari said rules demand that the house should not hear matters which are sub-judice. "Go and read the rules. What are you shouting for? By creating this melee, you are only wasting the precious time of this House," he said.
Regretting the constant disruptions, Mr Bukhari said the Opposition is not serious in speaking on issues of public interest. "They only want to disrupt the house. It is not necessary to adjourn the Question Hour. Article 35A is sub-judice and there are rules which must be followed," he said.
Earlier, the opposition members including Mohammad Akbar Lone, Devendra Singh Rana, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Usman Majeed, GM Saroori and Engineer Rashid stormed the well of the House and shouted at the Speaker.
"Please sit down," Speaker Kavinder Gupta told the Opposition members, who refused to calm down, "The House will give you time for raising your issues."