Kashmir power crisis rocks assembly, opposition stages walk-out

Kashmir power crisis rocks assembly, opposition stages walk-out
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Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: The opposition members on Friday staged walk-out from the legislative assembly after raising the issue of electricity crisis in Kashmir valley.
The issue was raised by National Conference Budgam MLA, Agha Ruhulla, pushing power minister, Nirmal Singh, to wall.
“There is no electricity in valley and the current situation is worst in last 4-5 years,” NC MLA said.
He asked Singh to personally visit Valley and check how many transformers were damaged and “government was doing nothing”.
Singh, who is also deputy CM, told the house: “there is politics in power. In summer, Jammu faces same situation.”
The startling revelation enraged the NC and Congress MLAs who stood up from their seats and sought clarification from the power minister.
NC’s Abdul Mjeed Larmi, Altaf Kaloo and Ishfaq Jabbr walked in to the well asking speaker to direct the power minister to explain the statement.
Amid “PDP-BJP sarkar mein – Andhera hi Andhera hai” slogans, the opposition MLAs walked out of the house in protest.
The opposition walked-out at 10:58 am, two minutes before question hour finished.
Earlier, PDP MLA Sonwar, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, had asked government to take serious note of power crisis and damaged transformers in the Valley.