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Omar forces Dy Speaker to withdraw the ruling over ban on Mobiles by Journalists

Journo's respond to Omar's goodwill gesture with thumping up desks


Jammu, Jan 12 (KNS): Former Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition Omar Abdullah here on Friday forced Deputy Speaker Assembly Nazir Gurezi to withdraw his ruling over ban on use of mobiles during the Assembly proceedings.
The ruling of the Deputy Speaker caught the attention of Omar Abdullah when Deputy Speaker Nazir Gurezi ordered the snatching of Mobiles from journalists who were using mobile internet for reporting.
Immediately after the Deputy Speaker ordered the snatching of mobiles from journalists, Omar Abdullah raised the point of order and told the Deputy Speaker that these are not the times when news paper offices would wait for hours together for getting the reports about the proceedings of the house and mobiles are the most convenient instruments of communication and bar on journalists to use mobile phones for reporting the assembly proceedings is tantamount to denying them an opportunity to carry out their professional duties.
The Deputy Speaker immediately withdrew his ruling and told Omar Abdullah that some of the journalists were talking over mobile phones which disturbed some of the MLAs present in the House. Omar Abdullah's intervention was responded with thumping of desks by the media persons from the press gallery for about one minute. (KNS)