Chandigarh: Sensing an imminent defeat at the
hands of electorate, SAD-BJP government in Punjab is betraying
its true colours as "dark days" of power cuts are back in the
state, Opposition Congress said on Sunday.
"Sensing imminent defeat at the hands of electorate the
Badal father-son duo have shown their true colours of being
opportunist vote seeker politicians rather than statesmen,"
Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said here.
Khaira also challenged Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir
Singh Badal for an open debate on his "lofty" claims of 25
years of Akali rule.
Several districts have been witnessing 3 to 4 hours of
load shedding for the last three days, shortly after the
one-day polling on January 30.
Though the state power utility attributed power cuts in
industries to increase in demand by the agriculture sector and
the ongoing maintenance of electricity generating plants, it
said there was no load shedding in the domestic sector.
In order to bridge the demand-supply gap, Punjab State
Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) announced a one to two-day
power cut per week for industries across the state.
"Today onwards, we have imposed power cut for two days
per week on heavy electricity consumers like induction
furnaces and one day on rest of the industries," PSPCL,
Director (Distribution), Arun Verma said on Friday.
The imposition of power cuts both in domestic as well
as in commercial sectors have exposed the cheap politicking
of the SAD-BJP government, Khaira said, adding that within
days of polling Punjab was back to the old "black days".
Worst hit is the industrial sector with two days a week
power cut, particularly the induction furnaces and the rolling
mill consumers, Khaira claimed.
Similarly, the agriculture sector has been hit hard by
power cuts forcing farmers to burn diesel to sustain their
crops, he said.