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Drabu asked for salute from Rana and resignation of Saroori.

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Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Friday made two “unusual requests” to the Speaker: “a salute from Devender Rana of National Conference and resignation of Congress Legislator G M Saroori”. He made the requests to Speaker Kavinder Gupta while introducing the Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax (JKGST) Bill 2017 in the Legislative Assembly today morning.Drabu, according to an official handout, said that Rana had said he would salute him if adequate constitutional safeguards vis-a-vis Article-370 of the Constitution of India and Section-5 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir were included in the preamble of the Presidential Order on GST. “Now that these safeguards have been ensured in the Presidential Order a direction may be given that he (Rana) salutes me whenever the next session takes place as he is not present in the House today,” said Drabu. Referring to Congress legislator GM Saroori’s remark that if the safeguards were included in the Presidential Order on GST, he would resign as a legislator, Drabu said a direction should also be issued to the Congress MLA asking him to resign as the condition set by him was fulfilled.

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