National Conference MLC and party provincial President (Jammu) Devender Singh Rana Friday demanded that the retired army general should be brought to Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and that he should be questioned about the remarks he made about the state politicians recently.
Raising the issue in the upper house of the state legislature Rana maintained that the credibility of the house is at stake due to the recent remarks of former army chief and the matter should be thoroughly investigated.
Reacting to the statement made by the PDP leaders in the house Rana said VK Singh might be a big man for the PDP but his party considers him as a retired general who has off late developed interest in politics. “Gen Singh’s remarks are a cause of concern for National Conference and our party is determined to get him here to face the House,” Rana stressed.
Earlier soon after the house was reconvened the upper house reverberated with the recent remarks of former Army Chief Gen. V. K. Singh with both the mainstream political parties throwing barbs at each other over the alleged pay-offs to political leaders in the state.
Rana has been repeatedly demanding the discussion on Gen Singh’s remarks. He further accused PDP of boycotting the session earlier when the house had agreed to discuss the ‘serious issue’.
Infuriated by the allegations, PDP leaders including Naeem Akhtar, Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Syed Asgar Ali ridiculed Rana’s remarks. “You want to be in limelight and this is the only reason that you are raising these issues,” said PDP leaders, pointing to Rana.
The allegations and counter allegations between NC and PDP leaders continued for around half an hour in the council, making both sides exchange harsh words.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the council, Amrit Malhotra, asked the legislators of both sides to bring in writing the demand for the privilege motion so that the issue of V. K. Singh could be discussed further in the house.