In an extension to the power tussle between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party over the post of council chairman, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Congress member and leader of Opposition asked for a CBI probe into irregularities in state-run power companies during the previous Congress-NCP government.
All through the Congress-NCP’s reign, the energy department was headed by the NCP, with heavy-weight leaders like Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare and Dilip Walse Patil being in charge at different times.
Vikhe-Patil, speaking in the state assembly session on Thursday said, “In the past 10 years of our government, there were many irregularities in state-run companies responsible for power generation, transmission and distribution. I demand a CBI inquiry. We need a white paper and an audit.” He asked the BJP government to “drive away the darkness of our times”.
Vikhe-Patil alleged during the previous government, some companies made agreements worth Rs21,000 crore without floating tenders, and that MAHAGENCO was using inferior quality coal, causing 20-25% generation losses.
He said the Rs 5,000-crore Parli project had not been started. He also asked for a probe into the Mula-Pravara electricity cooperative society, run by the Vikhe-Patil family, as its license was cancelled citing arrears.