Targeting the ruling party over power crisis in the state, the Congress held state-wide protests on Saturday. It charged the BJP of failing on its promise of supplying uninterrupted electricity.
In Bhopal, the party first held a 'dharna' at Roshanpura Square in the heart of the state capital. After the two hour sit-in, that also saw fiery speeches against the ruling party, the Congress workers, who were carrying lanterns, lamps and candles marched towards the chief minister’s residence.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Arun Yadav —who was also carrying a lantern — led the march, which began at around 6pm. Amid a drizzle, Congress leaders and workers marched towards CM House with candles and 'mashaals' (torches). They were raising slogans like, 'Atal Jyoti ki khuli pol, 24 ghante bijli gol'.
Meanwhile, the police had put up barricades and tried to stop the Congress leaders on way at the Polytechnic Square. When some Congress workers insisted on moving ahead, the policemen cane-charged to stop them. However, no one was seriously injured. Upset that they were not allowed to go ahead, the party leaders sat on the spot as a mark of protest.Earlier, in the 'dharna', Congress leaders targeted government by saying that long power cuts are affecting citizens and Atal Jyoti Scheme has become Atal Katauti scheme.
Among those who participated in today’s dharna and protest marches included PCC vice-president Manak Agarwal, party leaders Vibha Patel, Sunil Sood, Kailash Mishra, Youth Congress’ Kunal Chaudhary.
Similar protests were held in other cities where local leaders led protests at district headquarters and even at block levels. Meanwhile, the government on Saturday claimed that power generation in thermal power stations have increased and there will be no power crisis.