The Congress is leaving no stone unturned in blaming deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar for the current power crisis. The party, on Thursday, asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to take charge of the situation and offer relief to the affected consumers.
State Congress president Manikrao Thakre said the energy department, which is headed by Pawar, lacked planning in solving the crisis. “There are complaints of discrimination between different regions when power cuts are enforced,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Pawar had come under attack at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting on the issue of power shortage. Before the meeting, Pawar did not meet the CM to discuss the issue and instead decided to travel to New Delhi to petition the Union ministers and his uncle and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president to help the state tide over the crisis.
Ajit Pawar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
State NCP president Madhukar Pichad reacted strongly to Thakre’s remarks. “It’s immature on Thakre’s part and it is unfortunate that he is politicising the issue,” he told the Hindustan Times.
Pichad reminded his Congress counterpart of Pawar’s visit to the capital to ask for help. “Some people feel jealous when other people make good things happen,” he said.
Pichad said the CM was powerful. “The present crisis is not man-made. And, who has stopped the CM from intervening in this subject?”
Thakre met Chavan on Thursday and told him about the discrimination. He told the CM that the fuel-deficit generation company, Mahagenco, refused to buy coal from Western Coalfields Ltd, which in turn, sold the same stock to Andhra Pradesh. “Considering the seriousness of the situation, the CM alone should work on finding the solution,” said Thakre in a media release.