New Delhi: Sachin Pilot, the Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, has defended former power minister Sushilkumar Shinde over the recent power blackouts.
Speaking to Swati Chaturvedi of Zeenews.com on Kahiye Janab, Pilot said the blackouts were due to overdrawal of power by some states.
“If we cut powers to these states (when they overdraw), then you (media) only will say the government is cutting power supply,” Pilot said.
He also acknowledged that India is an energy deficient country. But he added that over the past five years the government has augmented power generation.
On the criticism of the government, Pilot said, “It is welcome; we can’t reject it outrightly.”
He also rejected the idea that Shinde got promotion as Home Minister when half the country was suffering power outage, saying the decision to make Shinde as Home Minister wasn’t taken on the day of power blackout.
He further said that the government was hopeful of a re-election in 2014 polls like 2009.
Reacting to a question on Law Minister Salman Khurshid describing Congress as directionless and Rahul Gandhi as only doing cameo, Pilot said Rahul taking up a bigger role will motivate Congress men.
He added, “Congress was never directionless, and it will never be.”
He further lauded Congress president Sonia Gandhi for always promoting young leaders.
The minister also lashed out at Team Anna for publicly criticising Pranab Mukherjee after he had taken over as the President, saying there’s a proper legal way to air such grievances.