Ruckus in Assembly, Legislator Injured

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GoI’s refusal to transfer power projects to JK

JAMMU: Pandemonium marred the proceedings of legislative assembly on Friday as opposition members gathered near the speaker’s podium amid slogan shouting and noise against governments alleged failure to bring states back power projects from NHPC.

Reports said stormy scenes were witnessed in both the houses of Legislative Assembly with the opposition parties National Conference and Congress cornering government over its ‘failure’ in bringing back the power projects from NHPC and NC legislator Abdul Majeed Bhat was injured during a scuffle with the marshals during the protest.

The house was adjourned after former chief minister Omar Abdullah led the protesting members who came in the well. “Your CMP (Common Minimum Programme) says return of power projects; Governor’s address also says the same. This deceit won’t do,” Omar asked the BJP-PDP coalition government.

Congress legislators also joined the NC in the protest, following which the Speaker Kavinder Gupta adjourned the house.

Later, when the house resumed, NC members again started protesting on the issue after coming in the well resulting their scuffle with marshals.

Meanwhile, the upper house was also adjourned two times as opposition continued its protests over New Delhi’s refusal to transfer power projects to the state.

As the house convened on Friday morning, NC members started shouting slogans against the Mufti Muhammad Sayeed government as they displayed copies of a local newspaper report carried on Friday saying the central government had denied financial support to the state for wresting the ownership of NHPC-run hydro-power projects.

The Common Minimum Programme worked out by the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party-Peoples Democratic Party coalition includes central support to the state government so that the NHPC owned and run hydro power projects are transferred to state government.

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