ON THE issue of power crisis in the city, senior BJP leaders on Tuesday exchanged heated words with KESCo Managing Director Arun. They also threatened him to stage a massive demonstration at his residence if the power situation did not improve with immediate effect.
A delegation of senior BJP leaders comprising Satish Mahana, Ravindra Patni, Salil Bishnoi and Surendra Maithani called on the KESCo MD and expressed their anguish over unprecedented power crisis in the city.
It may be pointed out that the entire city has been reeling under acute power crisis for the past 72 hours. The prolonged power cuts during festive season of Diwali and Eid forced the BJP leaders to take up the issue and use it as a political plank against the SP-led State Government.
Salil Vishnoi, Party’s MLA from Generalganj, apprised the KESCo MD of the problems being faced by the traders because of the renewed power crisis. “On the twin festive occasions of Diwali and Eid, traders do brisk business, but the power crisis in the evening is playing spoilsport,” said Vishnoi.
The BJP delegation also pointed out that the KESCo MD was fully aware of the power scenario of the State as he was also holding the post of Director, Distribution in the Power Corporation.
Replying to a query, the MD said that the shut down was from the State capital but he would take up the issue with the UPPCL authorities. He also assured the BJP leaders of uninterrupted power supply during the twin festivals.
Later talking to the Hindustan Times, Bishnoi said,” If the situation remains the same and there is no remarkable improvement in the power supply in the city, then they will stage a massive demonstration.”
BJP’s mayoral candidate Ravindra Patni also blamed the Mulayam Singh Government for the power crisis. “The indifferent attitude of the Samajwadi Party towards Kanpur will be exposed before the masses,” stated Patni. With the local bodies’ elections round the corner, the BJP and the Congress are expected to take up the power crisis issue with renewed vigour to attack the SP’s candidate for the mayoral seat.