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Mulayam’s policy behind power crisis: BJP

Monday 15 August 2005

LUCKNOW: The BJP on Sunday lashed out at the Samajwadi Party Government for pushing Uttar Pradesh into an unprecedented power crisis, owing to privatisation of power sector and growing corruption in the bureaucracy.

Even during his previous regime in 1993, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had handed over power projects in Etah and Shahjahanpur to the private sector but none of them saw the light of the day, BJP spokesman Hriday Narain Dikshit told reporters here.

Pursuing the same policy, the Samajwadi Party government allotted 2500 acres land in Dadri to Reliance for a gas-based power project which is yet to take off and opened tender for privatisation of the Anpara C power plant, ignoring the offer of soft loan by a Japanese bank for its expansion, he alleged.

``It is rather strange that members in the board of UP Development Council, which prepares policies for the state, are themselves bidding tenders for privatisation schemes,’’ he claimed.

``The government is indiscriminately selling the power sector and encouraging power theft....And when the people express resentment against the power crisis, it suspends engineers as an eyewash,’’ he added.

The lackadaisical policies combined with the bureaucracy, which is seeped in corruption, have led to the critical power situation, compounding the woes of the people, he said. — PTI

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