Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu has blamed it on the ineffective rule of UPA-2 for the National power grid failure and said such a thing never occurred anywhere in the world.
Speaking to reporters, Naidu expressed anguish that life in 22 States was stalled due to the failure of three grids and 60 crore people were affected by this failure of the Central government. He found fault with the government for not having proper power policy. The country was suffering due to power cuts, which were a result of lack of proper power generation and distribution.
Thanks to non linking of the south including AP to the national grid, due to non completion of the power supply lines, the state was saved, he said.
He said though there was shortage of gas and coal in the country, the government was not focusing on alternative resources. Responding to the government’s remarks that some States were drawing excess power from the grid, Naidu questioned how the government could not identify the States which were drawing excess power. Industries have suffered losses to the tune of thousands of crores due to the power grid failure, he said.
Speaking on the water problem in the State, the TDP president blamed the government for failing to provide water to Krishna delta. He found fault with the government for not having a clear water policy. He reminded that the government had failed to argue properly at the Brijesh Kumar Misra tribunal. Consequently, the rights of the State were stripped and Karnataka got away with water, he alleged.
He criticised the Congress government for not providing irrigation water to at least to two to three lakh acres after spending Rs 75,000 crore on Jalayagnam. He said irrigation water could be provided to four to five lakh acres if the Pushkara and Tatipudi lift irrigation schemes were completed, but the government has dug Polavaram canals parallel to these projects. He alleged that the process of inviting and cancelling of tenders for the Polavaram project under the tenures of Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, K Rosaiah and N Kiran Kumar Reddy were only aimed at looting money.
Reminding that the court has given orders to open technical bids for Polavaram project, Mr Naidu observed that the State was being run by courts. He demanded that the files pertaining to the tenders of Polavaram project be placed before the Assembly Speaker as the office of the Chief Minister itself was involved in irregularities. He found fault with the government for not blacklisting the contractors who were responsible for the cancellation of the tenders.
However, he made it clear that the TDP was not against either Polavaram project or Chevella project. He criticised the government for not making efforts to get national status for Polavaram and Pranahitha-Chevella project. He called for a fight to get national status for these projects.
To a question, Naidu said that backward class people in the State were in an upbeat mood over the BC policy announced by the Telugu Desam Party. He announced that the TDP was also discussing the SC categorisation for the sake of social justice. An action plan would be formulated to motivate the people on the self-respect and self-confidence of Telugu people.
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