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Lone takes on J&K govt over power crisis

HT Correspondent  Srinagar, April 21, 2013
First Published: 19:51 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 22:13 IST(21/4/2013)

Separatist-turned-unionist and chairman of Peoples' Conference Sajad Lone on Sunday targeted Omar Abdullah-led government for its failure to provide constant power supply in the resource rich state.

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“The power crisis in the Valley is yet another instance of disdain and contempt that the National Conference government shares for the very people it purports to represent. Kashmir is reeling under the darkness at the onset of the upcoming tourism season and a destination of medieval power-cuts cannot aspire to become a competitive tourism destination,” a statement quoted Lone as saying.

Lone charged the government for its indolence and said the concern shown by it is unambiguously fake”.

“The National Conference has ruled the state for decades and power-sharing agreements with NHPC in most of the cases bear their signature. If power has been offered to the NHPC at a pittance and one sided agreements have been signed at the cost of the Kashmiri interests, it is the National Conference which has to explain why such agreements were signed,” he said.

Lone accused Omar Abdullah of playing politics over power.

“ And now that the elections are coming near the chief minister has gone into electioneering mode and started making brave statements against the NHPC. In the last elections, the same chief minister exhorted people to destroy electricity meters and after assuming power fleeced the same common man by increasing electricity tariffs,” the young leader said.

He said that seeking the return of NHPC projects and generating power were two different facets of our hydro electric potential.

 “Could Omar Abdullah explain how many mega watts of power he has added in his tenure? There is no doubt that the Indus water treaty is against the Kashmiri interests. But despite the Indus water treaty in place, we still have a power generating potential of 20,000 mega watts approximately. Why are successive governments- be it the PDP or the NC or the Congress, not harnessing that potential,” he charged.

“ The answer lies in the political philosophy of the traditional mainstream parties- economic subjugation of the Kashmiri people,” Lone added.


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