Jammu: ‘Corruption is a policy of the Omar Abdullah government,' main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president  Mehbooba Mufti declared after leading a walkout of her party legislators as her plea for a discussion on graft was disallowed in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Friday.

Mehboba had moved an adjournment motion to discuss corruption in the backdrop of series of allegations of graft involving those in power.

In the past few days, corruption watchdog State Accountability Commission has issued notices to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his advisors and ministers and also demanded to know how things have gone wrong.

Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone, however, disallowed the adjournment motion, following which agitated PDP members first trooped to the speaker's podium and later staged a walk out.

“Our basic concern is that where is the central government's money, meant for the construction of roads, and for providing water and power, going? It is going to the ministers who were engaging in all sorts of corruption, earning money through dubious means, allotting contracts to their sons and sons-in-law and others. This is corruption of a high order,” Mehbooba said.

“It seems that corruption is a policy of the Omar Abdullah government.”

Mehbooba also asserted that she and her party would continue to raise the issue of corruption in the Jammu and Kashmir government.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, reacting to the adjournment demand, said the opposition was 'playing negative politics' and had 'no concern for the common people'.

Members of other opposition parties - the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Panthers Party - chose stay neutral on the issue in the house.

(Agencies)