Hours after Rajya Sabha MP Nazir Ahmad Laway attended swearing-in ceremony of the new Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Friday, he has been expelled from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “The member of Rajya Sabha, Nazir Ahmed Laway, has been expelled from the basic membership of the party,” a PDP spokesman said in a statement.
He said that the participation of the MP was in contravention to the party’s stand regarding the current political situation and the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
This is not the first time that the PDP leader has gone against the directives and instructions of the party, the spokesman said. Earlier to this, Laway had abstained from voting against the triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha this year.
Laway had torn a copy of the Constitution, along with PDP MP Mir Mohammed Fayaz, on August 5 before Union Home Minister Amit Shah laid the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill in Rajya Sabha.
Laway did not respond to repeated telephone calls. He was seen attending the swearing-in ceremony of Murmu in Srinagar.
GC Murmu was on Thursday sworn in as lieutenant governor (L-G) of Jammu and Kashmir.
The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, have been carved out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in accordance with the government’s August 5 decision to revoke the special status of the state under Article 370 and bifurcate it into two UTs.