Revenue and information and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday blamed state Congress chief Amarinder Singh for the current power shortage in the state.
Talking to reporters after a function organised by Shaheed Udham Singh Foundation to pay tributes to the martyr here, Majithia said the incompetence of Amarinder could be gauged from the fact that Punjab was the only state in the country during his tenure that had not sent any proposal to the union power ministry for power generation plants.
He said Amarinder instead of generating power believed in buying it from private power sellers at
He said it was unfortunate that instead of making Punjab self-sufficient on the power generation front and attracting investment in the industrial sector, Amarinder had spent his energy in "scuttling" the projects approved by the previous SAD-BJP government.
Majithia said it was chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who envisioned mega thermal plants, got them approved from nine union ministries, acquired land for them and entered into power purchase agreements with them.
Despite the Punjab Congress leadership creating hurdles at every step, three thermal plants were nearing completion that would start generating power by next year, he added.