Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led the protest in the Assembly against Farooq’s remarks.

"How can the National Conference (NC) be so shameless? They are the patrons of corruption in the state and they are calling Kashmiris thieves. It is outright shameless," Mufti told mediapersons outside the Assembly.

Farooq made the remark earlier in the day over alleged pilferage of electricity by people in the valley, who he said bypassed electric meters to avoid payments to the fund-starved state electricity department.

"Kashmiri chor nahi, maha chor hai (Kashmiris are not just thieves, they are the biggest thieves)," he said at a function while releasing the 'citizens report on state of renewable energy'.

(Agencies)

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