Opposition parties, allies corner AP govt over power crisis



Hyderabad: The Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday had tough time facing the onslaught of a combined opposition in the assembly over severe power crisis facing the state.

Besides the opposition parties like Telugu Desam, CPI, CPM and Lok Satta, its allies Praja Rajyam and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen also cornered the Congress for failing to handle the power situation prudently.

"In the last seven years, the Congress government failed to display foresight to improve power production resulting in the state facing severe crisis every summer. This is crippling the state’s growth, particularly in the industrial and the agricultural sectors," the opposition parties said.

The TDP, CPI and CPM staged a walk-out from the House protesting the government?s 'lackadaisical response' to the issue and rejection of demand to form a Legislative Committee for an on-the-field study of the power situation in the state.

The state-owned Power Distribution Companies were pushed into the red as the government failed to pay dues of Rs 13,000 crore, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu said, during a short discussion on the power crisis in the state.

"Not a single new project has come up in the state in the last seven years to enhance power generation. The state had gone back by 10 to 15 years in the power sector because of the lopsided policies pursued by the Congress," he alleged.

It was only because of the reforms he introduced in the power sector during his tenure as Chief Minister that the system was surviving despite the serious neglect by the Congress government, Chandrababu observed.

He also questioned the Congress over its failure to implement the election-eve promise of nine-hour free power supply daily to the farm sector and wanted to know when the government would keep its word.

PTI