Nagpur: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister
Ajit Pawar, who also holds the power portfolio, rapped
Congress MLA from Saoner, Sunil Kedar, for agitation against
Khaparkheda power plant in Kedar`s constituency.
"The legislator is from the ruling party. He should know
that the Chief Minister is from his party and so also the
relief and rehabilitation minister... they are dealing with
the issues he is trying to raise.
Instead of street protests, he should go to Mumbai and
sort out the matter at Mantralaya," Pawar said here yesterday.
Kedar, who was Minister of State for Power in Vilasrao
Deshmukh`s government, staged a demonstration near the
power plant on Monday, to highlight the long- pending issues
regarding rehabilitation of project-affected people.
"Such a public protest may boost his image but if he
wants to resolve the pending issues, he needs to move the
right quarters," Pawar said here, during a brief visit while
returning from an NCP convention at Chandrapur.
At Khaparkheda, Pawar said, works of Rs 1.10 crore had
been completed, of another Rs 1.69 crore sanctioned, and
"further development work of Rs 10 crore is proposed".
The power minister said, "We have already succeeded to a
great extent in minimising load-shedding in most parts of the
state. With likely availability of 3500 MW in near future, we
expect to relieve the whole of state from power-offs."
On fears related to privatisation of power distribution
that started in parts of Nagpur from Sunday, Pawar said
consumers had nothing to worry, as they would not be charged
more than before.
The Deputy Chief Minister also downplayed the differences
between Congress and NCP as to whether the upcoming civic
polls should be held on multi-ward basis by clubbing four
wards into one constituency.
"There are some positives and some setbacks... We have
formed a committee with three ministers each (from NCP and
Congress). It will take the final decision," he said.