Parties trade charges as UP power crisis worsens
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday refuted opposition charges that the power crisis in the state aggravated after Samajwadi Party lost the Lok Sabha elections and said the crisis is because of the previous BSP government.
‘This is another conspiracy against our government. The opposition is saying that power is being denied to people during peak summer hours because people did not support SP in the election,’ he told reporters at Allahabad.
He said that the government is already working round-the-clock to provide electricity to every nook and corner of the state but there is a wide gap between the demand and supply.
‘I have said several times that the power crisis will only end in 2016 when couple of new power projects would start generation,’ he said and added that SP had never followed the politics of revenge or vendetta and has always served the people with good intention.
But the BJP leaders, who had alleged that the power crisis started from 16 May — the day Lok Sabha results were announced, on Wednesday reiterated that several officials of the state government had made such statements about the government’s decision to harass the people for not voting in favour of the ruling party.
‘The CM should first check on the statements of the officials who had said that people do not deserve power as they did not vote for the ruling party,’ alleged state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak.
Pathak said that the government should clarify why suddenly the power crisis started from 16 May when the summer season had started from April. ‘Government has failed to give electricity in the urban and rural areas since 16 May and now they are making wild allegations against the BJP,’ he said.
Pathak said the party was of the view that the present power crisis has been precipitated by the ‘poor and directionless’ policies of the Samajwadi Party government.
UP BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said that it has been two years since the state government has taken over. ‘It should now stop blaming the predecessor government of Mayawati and instead work towards solving the problem,’ he said.
Accusing the Akhilesh Yadav government of turning a blind eye to the crisis, he added that so far the chief minister has failed to provide an inspiring leadership to the state.
He himself holds the power portfolio and should not be content with suspending a few power officials and blacklisting a few firms, said another senior leader.