J&K: BJP MLA tears paper, Oppn stages walkout

Published: January 23, 2017 - 16:07 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 17:06

Jammu:  Not satisfied with the reply from Minister of State for Tourism,  Priya Sethi, BJP MLA from RS Pura Gagan Bhagat today tore papers in the House, while the entire Opposition, comprising the National Conference and Congress legislators, staged a walkout during the Question Hour, in the ongoing Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Government.

The BJP MLA, who sought details on the present status of development of tourist spots in Jammu region, including the under-construction Artificial Lake Project in River Tawi, Sethi replied that the work on design and construction of barrage across river Tawi Belicharran Jammu, which is a part of Artificial Lake, has been taken for execution for Irrigation and Flood Control Department at an estimated cost of Rs 69.70-crore, against which an amount of Rs 57.35-crore stands released or utilised ending March, 2016 and 80 per cent of the work has been completed.

While the Minister was replying in the House, NC members created ruckus asserting that let the nine-page reply be considered as read but the Minister in-charge reacted to it asserting that the written reply has contained complete details with facts and figures and she wanted to read it in the House.

Meanwhile, Dr Gagan Bhagat, BJP MLA from RS Pura, who had raised the question, said that the Government was 'misleading' the House as 80 percent work of Artificial Lake was not complete. "This is all rubbish and House Committee should be constituted to find out the facts,'' said Bhagat.

NC MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar said that if the MLA was challenging the Minister that meant the matter was serious and should be looked into, he requested the Chair.

Education Minister Naeem AKhtar on behalf of the Government said that the Member has raised a specific question on Artificial Lake and it was a major concept. Bhagat expressed resentment over the reply and tore the written reply in the House followed by walkout.NC MLA from Nagrota (Jammu region), Devendra Singh Rana, protested in the well of the House saying that the Government was befooling the people of Jammu. Supported by NC and Congress members, entire Opposition staged walkout from the House.