NC MLA weeps loudly in Assembly29 March 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Creating a history, a ruling National Conference MLA, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, who represents remote Assembly segment of Gurez, started weeping loudly in the Assembly while making an emotional speech during debate on the grants of Housing and Urban Development and R&B Ministries. 'Hundreds of schemes have been formulated for construction of roads but my Gurez has not been given a single road under any scheme. Harshdev Singh’s Ramnagar constituency has been given roads worth Rs 80 crore', Mr Gurezi said. Alleging ‘bandarbaant’ (free for all) in allotment of road project, Mr Gurezi cautioned that Gurez was very close to the border and it was easy for youths to take to guns which they have not done so far. 'The people in Gurez brave firing of both sides. But what has been given to them. Not even a single road', he lamented. He said even Minister for R&B recommended road projects worth Rs 20 lakh for Gurez but an officer refused to do so. The officer is sitting on one post for last 15 years and was not concerned about the directions of even the Government or the Minister, he added. Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone said the reference to gun made by the MLA was not good. 'You are a MLA of the ruling party. You should not speak about the officer, who can’t defend himself', he added. Mr Gurezi after his speech started weeping loudly in the Assembly asking what reply would he give to the people of his constituency. NC MLA from Kalakote Rashpal Singh was seen consoling him. In his reply, R&B Minister Ghulam Mohammad Saroori didn’t justify the weeping of ruling party MLA. 'He shouldn’t speak like this. He is part of treasury benches', he said, adding seven roads of Mr Gurezi have been taken up under NABARD and 'I have directed the Executive Engineer to start work on road immediately'.