National Conference legislator Akbar Lone, who got into a fight with forest minister Lal Singh, said that the incident was a result of a spontaneous reaction. "Things like this have happened several times in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country," he said.
"Such vandalism is deemed to be a part of democracy," the legislator added.
The government alleges that the opposition created the ruckus as it does not want house proceedings to run smoothly.
"Members of the opposition physically assaulted the staff. Even senior members, who have been ministers, were party to it. It is a very sad scenario," said education minister Naeem Akhtar.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah demanded an explanation from the government. Referring to a suo moto statement made by the Speaker, he said, "We want to know what time will the chief minister give her clarification."
The Speaker, who had initially said that 'anti-national' would be expunged from Ms Mufti's speech, stated today that there were no adverse remarks made by the Chief Minister.
"I have examined the record. She said in the garb of Article 370, some people want to create a situation where people from one community and race live there. She did not have any other intention," the speaker said.
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