Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday, June 6 sparred in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly as the issue of setting up Sainik Colony in the Valley rocked both the houses of the state legislature with opposition demanding a clarification.
Rejecting a newspaper report on construction of the Colony, Mehbooba accused the opposition and some media outlets of raising a “non-issue” which can lead to disruption of peace in the state, while in the Upper House her deputy Nirmal Singh asserted that “no construction for Sainik Colony is being done”.
Mehbooba lashed out Omar for his tweets on the controversy but the former Chief Minister hit back, saying it was to make her accountable and he won’t back down from speaking on issues of public interest through the social media.
“My small tweets prick you. Your mood gets spoiled. If I make you accountable by tweeting, I will continue it. I won’t stop and I won’t apologise for it,” Omar said.
The NC leader later took to Twitter saying, “This tweet is dedicated to @mufti_mehbooba who through her ill tempered assembly intervention made me realise how much she hates me tweeting.”
The issue of proposed colony for armed forces personnel was raised in the Assembly by Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed. Waving a copy of the newspaper which had carried a report on construction of a Sainik Colony outside Old Airfield, the legislator stormed into the well of the House and sought a statement from the government on the issue.
An agitated Mehbooba said there was no truth in the story as the photograph published in the newspaper was that of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) quarters being constructed for married serving personnel of the unit.
“I do not know what these newspapers want? Do they want to put the state on fire? They should have investigated before publishing the story. “The opposition members bring in these newspapers which I will not name as they want to get publicity. If anyone tries to disrupt peace, they will be dealt with sternly,” Mehbooba said.