'BJP appeals for patience, says losses to be compensated'

Terming recent snowfall as a gift of God, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Thursday appealed people to remain patient and assured that their losses will be compensated.

The saffron party was reacting to reports of failure of stakeholders in providing relief to people amid the heavy snowfall that draped Kashmir. Widespread snowfall over the last three days had cut off the Kashmir Valley and led to blocked roads and power outages and, for the first time in decades, rationing of fuel.

“The snowfall is a gift of God and we can’t do anything,” BJP General Secretary (Org), Ashok Koul told Greater Kashmir.  Snow clearance operations, he said, have been ongoing along inter-district routes as well as major roads linking tehsil headquarters to district headquarters. “The administration has ensured that the essential services are least affected by the snowfall in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir,” he said adding that slippery roads have resulted in traffic jams at some places in Kashmir.

Koul said that blaming administration for everything is not fair. The electricity he said was restored within hours. “Earlier the electricity used got restored after almost a day or two,” he said. “I was in Srinagar for all these days and met the Divisional Commissioner who assured me all help in restoration of roads and electricity.”

The senior BJP leader said due to heavy snowfall there has been loss of life and property. “We are hopeful that losses will be assessed and people will be compensated in days to come,” he said and appealed the people to remain patient. “In such situations people must cooperate.”