Cong, NC MLAs to return to Kashmir
Ruling National Conference and coalition partner Congress on Monday issued a party whip asking MLAs and ministers to stay in Kashmir valley, facing crisis due to heavy snowfall.india Updated: Jan 16, 2012 20:46 IST
Ruling National Conference and coalition partner Congress on Monday issued a party whip asking MLAs and ministers to stay in Kashmir valley, facing crisis due to heavy snowfall.
"Congress ministers Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed and Taj Mohiuddin should visit Kashmir immediately and lend a helping hand to the administration in solving the problems of people caused by the recent snow fall," said Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifuddin Soz in a statement.
"The ministers should establish contact with the functionaries at various levels and alleviate sufferings of people," said Soz in a demarche to these ministers.
Ninety per cent of MLAs and ministers are in winter capital Jammu. Kashmir has 46 MLAs with NC having 20, PDP 19, Congress three and others including independents four.
Ruling National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and party general secretary Sheikh Nazir has also directed all NC MLAs to remain present in Kashmir "to take stock of the situation in their respective constituencies".
"It was a time for NC MLAs to stay with people as they should not feel isolated at this juncture," said Nazir.
In Central Kashmir's Budgam district, there are five MLAs -- two from NC and two from opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one independent -- but all are not present in the district.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who was in Srinagar last week, has also left the valley.
"Our MLAs are there in districts and Mehbooba ji left for Jammu to see her daughters," said PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar.
"What can MLA do in his constituency? It's state administration which has to take care of people's needs. Chief minister Omar Abdullah's recent visit to south Kashmir failed to change poor ground realities there," alleged Akhtar.
Valley is witnessing a heavy snowfall since Sunday, leading to closure of roads.