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BJP calls for expunging Mehbooba Mufti's speech

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti suffered a major embarrassment on Tuesday when her ally BJP sought to expunge her speech in the Legislative Assembly after she dubbed those demanding abrogation of article 370 as “anti-nationals.” The Speaker expunged the remarks but retracted it after a ruckus broke out in the House.

Pandemonium ensued in the House when Speaker Kavinder Gupta said “Expunged” after Bharatiya Janata Party MLA (Kathua constituency), Rajeev Jasrotia drew his attention to the statement made by Mehbooba in the House on Monday demanding that her remarks on article 370 stating that every political party has its own ideology which cannot be dubbed anti-national should be expunged.

“BJP and PDP formed this alliance by keeping their ideologies aside. How can the chief minister say those talking of or weakening article 370 is anti national? PDP has its own ideology of self rule. National Conference demands autonomy. I cannot endorse Mehbooba’s statement and therefore sought to expunge her remarks,” he told DNA.

Members of the Opposition raised slogans calling it a no-confidence by BJP against the chief minister. Amid sloganeering, the speaker adjourned the House.

Not satisfied with his remarks, the opposition continued to protest prompting the speaker to adjourn the House again.

When the House met for the third time, the speaker tried to put the record straight saying he had not expunged the remarks of leader of the House and would examine the records first in an apparent bid to cool tempers.