Mehbooba apologizes for Ansari’s ‘lynch’ remark

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Wednesday, apologized for the ‘lynch’ remarks of Minister Imran Ansari against National Conference (NC) legislator Devender Rana.

Mehbooba said, “Yesterday Mr. Ansari used the word lynch for Mr. Rana and I was also taken aback. I am sure his intention was not what the word (literally) means. But I do apologize for whatever happened yesterday.”

Rana accepted the apology and thanked the CM for her ‘grateful gesture’.

Ansari on Tuesday had told Rana that he can lynch him here as he knows all his “shady businesses”.

National Conference legislator Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday had asked the speaker Kavinder Gupta to take action against cabinet Minister Imran Ansari after he threatened to ‘lynch him’.

Rana said that the speaker should direct the Director General of Police to file an FIR against Ansari. He stressed that ‘if anything happens to me, the responsibility lies with the government.’

“If you will not do it, I will walk up to the Shaheed Ganj police station and do it. They can’t deny as this is a criminal case,” Rana said.

The opposition had created ruckus and demanded that the speaker should listen to Rana and issue directions for the FIR.

BJP president Sat Sharma had said that by filing an FIR, the opposition wants to show their ‘pedestrian thinking’ (Choti soch).

“Yesterday we were also told that, like Syama Prasad Mookherjee was ‘killed’ in Kashmir you will also be killed like that. Action should be taken against such statements too,” Sharma said.

Speaker Gupta however apologized and asked the members to restrain from calling names and threatening each other.

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