Legislators corner Govt over its ‘failure’ to address crisis in Kashmir, Chenab Valley

The Legislative Assembly Wednesday witnessed disruptions and protests for the second consecutive day on Wednesday over Government’s alleged “failure” to restore essential supplies, particularly electricity, in Kashmir and Chenab Valley.
Legislators corner Govt over its ‘failure’ to address crisis in Kashmir, Chenab Valley

The Legislative Assembly Wednesday witnessed disruptions and protests for the second consecutive day on Wednesday over Government's alleged "failure" to restore essential supplies, particularly electricity, in Kashmir and Chenab Valley.

As soon as proceedings of the House began, MLAs from opposition NC and Congress stood up and accused the Government of failing to deal with crisis-like situation in Kashmir and Chenab Valley due to disruption of electricity, water supplies and road connectivity in the wake of snowfall.

Leading the charge from opposition, senior National Conference leader and MLA Khanayar Ali Muhammad Sagar contested the Government's claim that 80 percent electricity has been restored in Kashmir. "You (Government) are misleading the House. Yesterday you claimed that electricity was restored in 80 percent areas but more areas have plunged into darkness due to failure of Power Development Department in restoring electricity," Sagar said. "The Government is missing on ground."

Seconding Sagar, MLA Khansahab Hakim Muhammad Yasin, said people are suffering immensely in Kashmir due to accumulation of snow on roads. "The roads have not been cleared yet," he said.

Amid noisy scenes and disruptions in the House, MLAs from opposition stormed in the Well to protest against Government's "inertness" in tackling the situation arising in Kashmir post snowfall.

As Minister for Roads and Buildings Abdur Rehman Veeri informed the House about the "efforts being made to restore roads in Kashmir", opposition MLAs confronted him, saying" Either you are hiding the facts or your officers are misleading you."

The Minister's intervention failed to restore order in the House as opposition continued with the protests over "disappearance of administration in Kashmir." "Entire system has been paralyzed in Kashmir. You should activate the administration," Sagar told the Government.

Amid continuous protests, MLA Inderwal GM Saroori said road connectivity to Chenab Valley has been hit due to government's inefficiency. "The Government show throw open the Chenani- Nashri tunnel for vehicular movement to mitigate the crisis. Why should you wait for the Prime Minister (to inaugurate it)?" he asked.

MLAs from Ladakh also took on the Government for "plunging the region into darkness due to erratic power supply". "Entire power is supplied to Army," they alleged.

Noisy scenes were again witnessed in the House over power crisis when Deputy Chief Minister, who also portfolio of power, informed the House about restoration of power supply in Kashmir.

Not satisfied with the reply of the deputy Chief Minister, agitating MLAs stormed in the well. As MLAs climbed on reporters table in the well, Deputy Speaker Nazir Gurezi directed Marshals to evict Asgar Karbalie from the House. Soon entire opposition staged walkout against the Deputy Speaker's decision. However Congress MLA Usman Majeed returned to the House after Deputy Speaker recalled Karbali to the House. Later, other opposition members also followed the suit.

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