Nirmal faces ire of opposition over power issue

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/10/2018 12:49:15 PM

Govt faces flak for shortcomings in ration supply

JAMMU, Jan 9: The opposition members from National Conference and Congress members on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in protest against poor power scenario in the state as the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who also holds the charge of power, had to face the ire of united opposition.
The government also had to face flak on the issue of shortcomings in ration supply. On this issue even the members of treasury benches joined the cause with the opposition.
While Nirmal was replying to MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen’s question on providing uninterrupted power supply to consumers, the members of the opposition National Conference Congress stood up and raised the issue of worsening power scenario in the state.
The members cornered Dr Singh for his failure to reply to their queries.
The opposition members sought reply from him and protested against the government for its failure to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Meanwhile, NC and Congress members walked into the well of the House and some also tore question papers in protest. While few protested as they could not get time to raise supplementaries, others were dissatisfied with the reply of minister.
Around a dozen legislators asked supplementary questions to the Deputy Chief Mminister.
Speaker Kavinder Gupta tried to intervene by asking members that only three supplementary questions can be asked for a single question.
Minister Rehman Veeri also intervened and asked the members to allow Nirmal Singh to reply to their supplementary questions.
Nirmal said that the scarcity of power was a result of 70 years of bad planning.
He held the previous governments responsible and added that the present dispensation was trying to fix the problem.
His remarks drew angry retort from NC legislators including Devender Rana and Congress MLAs Nawang Rigzin Jora and G M saroori.
“The deputy chief minister is heading the department for the past three years but has done nothing on the ground,” Saroori said.
“There will be better power supply in 2018,” the deputy chief minister responded.
Later, NC and Congress members Majid Larmi, Waqer Rasool, Ishfaq Jabbar and Altaf Kallo staged a walkout from the House after they were not allowed by the Speaker to pose supplementary questions.
Later the opposition members created ruckus on the issue of ration shortage while raising supplementaries to the main question of Abdul Majeed Padder. The Minister for RDD Abdul Haq Khan replied on behalf of CAPD Minister Zulfikar, who was not present in the House, yet failed to satisfy members.



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