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Cong wants LPG rollback

A DELEGATION of Congress activists, led by State party chief Subhash Yadav, called on Governor Balram Jakhar in Bhopal and handed over a memorandum seeking withdrawal of hike in power tariff and prices of LPG and CBI inquiry into Sanjay Joshi sleaze CD scandal.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 14:15 IST

A DELEGATION of Congress activists, led by State party chief Subhash Yadav, called on Governor Balram Jakhar in Bhopal and handed over a memorandum seeking withdrawal of hike in power tariff and prices of LPG and CBI inquiry into Sanjay Joshi sleaze CD scandal.

The delegation while referring to severe power crisis in the State, said State Electricity Regulatory Authority’s (SERC) recent decision to raise power tariff was wholly unjustified particularly when the MPSEB was unable to provide uninterrupted quality power to consumers.

Referring to alleged suicide by farmers in the State, the delegation said farming community needed to be provided relief rather than burdened with increased power tariff. Alleging massive corruption in the MPSEB, the delegation said functioning of MPSEB should be improved and efforts should be made to realise huge electricity dues from industrialists rather than depriving the poor sections of society of cheap power.

The delegation accused the State Government of not being serious in resolving the power crisis and coercing farmers to pay inflated power bills and sending them to jail if they fail to pay up.

The delegation pointed out abrupt increase in the prices of LPG following State Government’s decision to levy an additional 8.5 per cent entry tax on LPG and urged the Governor to initiate steps for restoring the LPG prices to its previous level.

The Congress memorandum accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of misusing his office to get a clean chit for BJP organisation general secretary Sanjay Joshi in sleaze CD scandal and demanded that the matter be handed over to the CBI for investigation.

State Mahila Congress protests
STATE MAHILA Congress led by president Shobha Oza organised protests against the hike in the price of cooking gas by Rs 24. Mahila Congress district presidents and other representatives of Indore, Guna, Betul, Dewas, Sehore, Shahjapur, Gwalior and several other districts participated in the protests. Oza warned if the price hike was not taken back an intense agitation would be launched at the State-level. 

Mandvi Chouhan, Shashi Rajput, Asha Sanger, Geeta Mishra, Saroj Patel and several other members of the state Mahila Congress participated in the protests.