January 2018 News

Treat Kashmir Part Of J&K: NC Slams Nirmal Over Power Crisis

19 January 2018
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Jammu: The opposition members on Friday staged a walkout from the legislative assembly when power minister Nirmal Singh accused them of 'playing politics' over the issue of power crisis in Kashmir. During the question hour, National Conference MLA from Budgam assembly segment Aga Ruhullah complained that Kashmir was reeling under darkness due to frequent disruptions in power supply. 'Kashmir is facing the worst-ever power crisis. There is no electricity anywhere in the Valley,' he said, questioning the facts and figures provided by the deputy chief minister about the power supply and availability of transformers in Kashmir. Singh had earlier informed the House that Kashmir is being supplied 50 MW electricity more than the previous years. He also said that the power development department repaired and replaced 47 transformers on Thursday. Contesting Singh's claims, the National Conference lawmaker suggested to him to personally visit Kashmir to take stock of the power supply position there. 'You should yourself go there and see how many transformers have been damaged and replaced by your department,' Ruhullah said. 'Please treat Kashmir also part of J&K.' Facing criticism from the opposition members, Singh accused them of 'playing politics' over the matter. 'It is a matter of concern but there is some politics in it,' he alleged, adding that Jammu is also facing similar situation in summers. Angered by Singh's remarks, all the opposition members stood up, accusing him of trying to divert the attention of the House from genuine issue. NC's Abdul Majid Larmi and Ishfaq Jabbar stormed into the Well to protest against the power crisis. 'You are not allowing us to speak on the issue,' the duo told the speaker. Shouting slogans 'Bijli do bijli do, Kashmir ko Bijli do', 'PDP-BJP sarkar mein, andhera hi andhera hai', the opposition legislators created disruptions in the House. Later, they staged a walkout from the House. Talking to reporters, Ruhullah said that the power minister is trying to 'give a political and regional colour' to a genuine issue concerning the people to 'hide his incompetence and failures of his department.' 'If Jammu has suffered, that doesn't mean that Kashmiris also have to suffer equally,' he said.