Opposition PDP MLAs created a ruckus, disrupting question hour in the Legislative Assembly on Monday in protest over Union Minister Farooq Abdullah’s statement that Kashmiris were the biggest thieves in respect to power theft in India.
Farooq, who is the father of Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, was speaking at a function in Delhi on Sunday over the issue of power theft in the country.
“Kashmiri (people of Kashmir) are not only thieves, but maha chor (biggest thieves),” said Farooq.
Trouble erupted in the Legislative Assembly immediately after the House assembled on Monday morning. The opposition PDP MLAs were soon on their feet, drawing the Speaker’s attention towards Farooq Abdullah’s statement and sought an apology from him.They also sought adjournment of question hour to discuss the issue.
The Speaker’s repeated requests that the union minister is not a member of the House fell on deaf ears as angry PDP legislators stormed into the well of the House, raising slogans against Abdullah. Though the Speaker continued with the question hour, nothing was audible in the commotion caused by the agitating opposition members.
The PDP MLAs continued to raise slogans for over half an hour, and later staged a walk out from the House. However, before leaving the house, some of them had heated exchanges with Higher Education Minister Mohammad Akbar Lone and National Congress MLA Surjeet Singh Slathia.
This is not the first time that Farooq has come under criticism for his statements. Last year, Farooq faced fire for a controversial comment against women.
Farooq had said that men were scared to talk to women as they feared that they may end up in jail.
“I’m scared to talk to a woman these days. I don’t even want to keep a female secretary. Who knows, I might end up in jail because of a complaint. No, I’m not blaming the girls, I’m blaming the society itself. The society has reached this point where now after one direction, it’s putting pressure on everyone,” said Farooq, commenting on the former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly sexual harassment case.
The parties concerned have been directed to submit reports on the current status of construction.