Congressmen protest hike in power tariffs in MP
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Last Updated: Monday, April 09, 2012, 22:45
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 sources said.

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 tariff hike.

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 regulatory body.


First Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 22:45

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