Opposition peeved over ‘politicised streetlights’

Pardeep Singh Bali

The Lower House witnessed ruckus on Saturday when the Opposition legislators accused the government of distributing street lights district especially in Srinagar on the political interests.

The issue was raised by the MLA Eidgah Mubarak Gul who accused that Srinagar Municipal Corporation had allotted the street lights to the defeated PDP candidate of the Eidgah constituency.

“I am representing Eidgah constituency but the SMC has allotted street lights to a PDP leader. Why you gave street lights to defeated candidate of the Eidgah constituency,” Gul asked Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. He accused the government of distributing the street lights on the political considerations.

MLA Eidgah was supported by the NC and Congress legislators, who accused the PDP-BJP government of benefiting their party leaders and workers.

The NC, Congress legislators, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Nawang Rigzin Jora, G M Saroori, Altaf Ahmad Kaloo, Shamima Firdous, Sheikh Jabbar, Pawan Gupta stood of their chairs and raised anti-government slogans which created ruckus in the House and disrupted the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly.

“RSS sarkar hai hai, loot maar sarkaar hai hai, jooti saarkaar hai hai,” shouted the slogans by the NC, Congress legislators and sought response from the government why the street lights were distributed in the Srinagar and other districts on the political considerations.

However, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh denied that government had distributed street lights among the ruling parties’ workers and leaders. “You (Opposition MLAs) are making an issue out of nothing. No lights have been allotted on the individual basis,” he said.

However, when Opposition legislators continued the protest. After which Speaker Kavindar Gupta intervened and directed the Nirmal Singh, who is also Housing and Urban Development department minister to give satisfactory reply to the legislators.

After which Nirmal Singh said the government will enquire into the matter. “These are serious allegations. We have not issued any directions that street lights should be allotted on the individual basis but for the entire constituency. We will hold any enquiry and will take appropriate action accordingly,” he assured the House.

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