Srinagar, Dec 06 : Ex-MLAs including the MLAs of dissolved assembly were evicted from MLA Hostel Srinagar Thursday on the directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik and Chief Secretary BVR Subramanyam. Former speaker assembly and senior National Conference (NC) leader Mohammad Akbar Lone condemned the eviction of Ex-MLAs and termed the action illegal and unlawful, “MLA hostel is meant for the accommodation of MLAs but not the counselors.”
The Municipal counselors comprising of mostly BJP and independent ones while enjoying backing of the state, asked families of the former legislators to pack up things, and leave the posh accommodations.
The major local mainstream parties like PDP and BJP had earlier boycotted the municipal polls.
A group of MLAs also told News Despatch that no prior notice was handed over to them before they were asked to vacate.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir when contacted said, “Eviction of Ex-MLAs from the MLA Hostel is highly objectionable and against the norms and procedures of the security categorization. We will take up the matter with the government at the highest level and ensure that Ex-MLAs who face a threat to their lives are brought back to their accommodations prior to eviction from the MLAs hostel. We are not against the accommodation of counselors and corporators but they can’t be offered accommodation in MLA hostel which is meant for accommodation of MLAs only.”
When contacted PDF chairman and former minister Hakim Mohammad Yasin shared, “We agree that counselors and corporators are to be provided accommodation keeping in view the present hostile security atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir but they are not to be accommodated at MLA hostel which is meant for MLAs.”