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Is the ruling alliance divided?

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By K.N. Pandita

The hypocrisy of workable alliance between NC and Congress in the State is exposed by the aftermath of Afzal Guru’s execution.

Not only the PDP and its allies on opposition benches, even some of the NC ruling party members did not hide their sympathy with “Afzal guru Sahib”. To some of them he was a “martyr” along with Maqbul Bhat.

They demand that mortal remains, not only of Afzal Guru but also of Maqbul Bhat “Sahib” be returned to their families.

To the Chief Minister also, the return of mortal remains of “Afzal Guru Sahib” is justified.   Continue Reading…

Scurvy debate in the Assembly

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By K.N. Pandita

The tone and tenor of the debate on adjournment motion on Monday last was most disgusting. It dealt with the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Should legislative assemblies initiate a debate on the verdict of the Apex Court of the country? This question was raised by one of the members. The house was not prepared to react to the constitutional propriety of a debate on SC verdict; it rushed on to the debate itself.

Is the assembly a place where elected representatives come to ventilate their pent up anger and angst or to speak about the problems of the people and suggest ways and means of solving these?   Continue Reading…