Jammu and Kashmir power theft issue: Farooq Abdullah says he was misquoted

Written by Press Trust of India | Jammu | Updated: Mar 4 2014, 02:11am hrs
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah today said a section of media had misquoted his remarks on power theft in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I am sad that I was misquoted by the media. I had spoken about power theft in the state," Farooq told reporters here during a function.

"I had said that it is unfortunate that we buy power for nearly two-three thousand crore but we are not able to get that money back because there is a lot of pilferage of power. Many of our people are stealing power," he said.

"It (pilferage of electricity) happens all over the country. Biggest transmission and distribution losses are in Jammu and Kashmir," he added.

He alleged that since the elections were near, "a newspaper tried to create misunderstanding in the minds of the people by publishing this".

On PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti's demand for apology, he said it was Mufti who should apologise for "spreading lies".

PDP members, led by Mufti, today created ruckus in the J&K Assembly and trooped into the well of the house demanding an apology from Farooq.

The moderate and hardline factions of Hurriyat too criticised the purported remarks of Farooq Abdullah.

The parties "should go for self-introspection instead of levelling wild allegations", the moderate Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in a statement here.

It said the remark was in fact an attempt to put a veil over the "failure" of the state government.