Karuna defends Centre on TN power situation



Chennai: Defending the Centre over its inability to help Tamil Nadu to tide over the power crisis, DMK Chief and key UPA ally M Karunanidhi on Friday said the ruling AIADMK should stop blaming the Centre for everything and instead discuss with it to find a solution.

"There is no intention on the part of Centre not to give power to Tamil Nadu. The Centre has only said that even if gives power, there is no provision to take it to the State", he said, referring to Centre's stand before the Supreme Court on Tamil Nadu's plea.

Tamil Nadu has filed a suit before the apex court seeking a direction to the Centre to reallocate the entire 1,721 MW power to be surrendered by Delhi government to the State.

"The Chief Minister should give up the attitude of blaming others and find a solution to the problems. The Chief Minister or the Power Minister should immediately visit Delhi and hold talks with the concerned authorities to find a solution", he said.

The Centre told the apex court yesterday that the power Grid has not got the capacity for absorbing additional power and Tamil Nadu was itself responsible for it.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has attacked the DMK and the UPA for "neglecting" the state's power requirements.

PTI