Bhopal: The Opposition Congress on Monday
staged protests across Madhya Pradesh against the "steep" hike
in power tariffs in the BJP-ruled state.
Police wielded lathis to disperse protesters at
several places, police sources said.
State Congress President Kantilal Bhuria and Leader of
Opposition Ajay Singh staged a sit-in at Ratlam.
Both criticised the BJP Government for the "steep"
hike in rates and alleged that farmers were getting power
bills even though they were not being supplied electricity.
In the state capital, police cane-charged protesting
Congress workers at Bittan Market area. In other parts of the
state also, police used force against the agitators, the
Both Bhuria and Singh condemned the police action.
Chairman of the State Congress Media Cell Manak
Agrawal said the BJP has increased power tariffs eight times
during its as many years of rule.
A Congress delegation later submitted a memorandum to
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav here, demanding a rollback of power
Last month, MP Electricity Regulatory Commission
allowed power distribution companies to increase tariff by
7.17 per cent from April 10. The companies had sought a tariff
hike of 24 per cent, but their plea was turned down by the