Deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday, ridiculed the Punjab government's claims that the low demand was the reason for the closure of various power plants in the state.
In a statement issued here, Amarinder Singh said the villages across Punjab were still subjected to long power cuts. The same was the case with the industry. He said if there was really low demand for power, why were the villages and the industry subjected to regular long-duration power cuts.
The former chief minister said the fact was that the state was short of coal as it had failed to ensure and guarantee regular and adequate coal supply to the power plants for the reasons best know to the government.
The senior Congress leader said he had been continuously maintaining that there was no point in setting up power plants as long as there was not a guaranteed and uninterrupted coal supply. And this, he added, was proving to be right.
Having a dig at the low-demand claim Amarinder remarked, "If it is really so, then the Akalis should better continue to generate power to the full capacity and export it to other countries as often claimed by them."