Opposition stages walkout over power crisis in Kashmir

Opposition stages walkout over power crisis in Kashmir
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Jammu: The opposition legislators on Monday accused the PDP-BJP government of shielding power minister Nirmal Singh for his “failures”.
The house witnessed uproar over the power supply shortage in Kashmir valley and failure of the incumbent coalition on return of power projects to J&K state from NHPC. The opposition members questioned the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) – the coalition document of PDP and BJP – which assures the return of power projects to state government.
The power minister, who is also the deputy chief minister, was cornered by many legislators who alleged that they received wrong answers.
National Conference (NC) senior legislator even staged walk-out from the house in protest against the power crisis in Kashmir Valley, and said: “I am not satisfied with the reply of power minister who is unaccountable before the house of people.”
“You have taken this house for-granted,” Sagar told the power minister Singh.
Sagar said to the government, “You are shielding your power minister.”
Sagar was not satisfied with the response of Singh about the completion of receiving station in Srinagar.
“You are deliberately making Kashmiris suffer,” he told the PDP-BJP coalition government.
Sagar also accused speaker Kavinder Gupta of taking directions from unknown forces. “You are bull dozing the opposition,” he told Gupta. “We are everyday told this house is most powerful assembly across India, but voice of the opposition is bull-dozed and suppressed.”
“Why did your (former) power commissioner secretary not open the tenders for various power projects in the valley? Why, what is the issue?” Sagar questioned Singh, “citing sources in the power ministry”.
“You are getting 24 hour power supply in Jammu that is why you are silent,” he told the power minister. “Srinagar gets only 5 hour power supply a day and Kashmiris are being deliberately being punished.”
Later, NC’s MLA Pahalgam, Altaf Kaloo and Congress’ Usman Majeed also staged walk-out from the house.
In a written reply to Congress’s Vikar Rasool, Nirmal Singh said: “There is a demand of 2280 MW of electricity in J&K which is almost 700 MW higher than approved load.”
“Where are our power projects,” Kaloo asked Singh.
Kaloo asked Singh as what steps is PDP-BJP government taking in this direction as adopted in AoA regarding the return of power projects. “Power minister is narrating thirsty crow story,” Kaloo told the treasury benches while making his way out of the house.

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