Ruckus in J-K assembly over power projects transfer

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2015 18:07 IST

A Congress legislator was injured and about dozen opposition MLAs on Friday were marshaled out of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, which was repeatedly adjourned amid disruptions by the former CM Omar Abdullah-led National Conference over the issue of transfer of power projects from the Centre to the state.

Pandemonium prevailed as marshals tried to escort out members of NC, including Devendar Rana, Altaf Kalu, Abdul Majid Larvi, Usman Majid and Vikar Rasool of Congress.

Larvi suffered minor injuries, along with one watch and ward staff, when opposition MLAs resisted attempts by marshals to herd them out of the House.

As the House assembled on Friday, Omar brought to its notice a news published in a local daily about power projects.

The daily had reported about the reply of Union power minister Piyush Goyal in the just concluded Budget session of Parliament who had said that the Centre cannot transfer power projects owned by NHPC to J-K because of legal and financial reasons.

Goyal had given a written reply to a question by the state's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MP Tariq Hamid Kara.

"The PDP-BJP - the ruling coalition partners - had in their agenda of alliance said they will bring back these power projects. If the Union power minister had replied that modalities are being worked even that would have been understandable. But, he had denied it totally. Then why they are befooling the people," said Omar.

Video: Chaos, manhandling and punching in J-K Assembly over transfer of power projects

"I want to know why is the government deceiving the people of the state and the government should reply to the people why they are fooling them," he said.

Omar was joined by the NC and Congress MLAs, who stood up and shouted slogans against the government. The disruptions continued for about 15 minutes in the assembly as opposition members trooped into the Well protesting over the issue, forcing Speaker Kavinder Gupta to adjourn the House for 10 minutes.

On reconvening the House, the deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, who holds the power department also, said the questions in Parliament are submitted much in advance and at that time the government was not formed.

"We are committed in having these projects. You (NC-Congress) had failed in six-year, but want us to do it 15-day. We will do it, but please have patience," said the deputy CM in his intervention amidst continued protest by the opposition.

During the proceeding, law and parliamentary affairs minister Basharat Ahmed Bukhari said the state government has not officially started the process of transfer of projects.

Bukhari and deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh of the BJP assured the House that the state government was committed to fulfil the promise but the Opposition was not satisfied.

As the House reassembled again, some opposition members again entered the Well and continued their protest while others thumped desks and continued to disrupted the proceedings. Amid the ruckus, the Speaker adjourned the House again for 5 minutes.

Amidst continued protests, the demands of education and health departments were passed by the voice votes without any discussion. The opposition MLAs tried to sit in the Well before being marshaled out.

Talking to reporters outside the assembly, Omar alleged that the government was "fooling the people" on the issue.

"It is in the Common Minimum Programme in their governance address that NHPC power projects should be returned to the state by the Centre and it means that the decision has been taken and modalities are to be worked out," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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