Today in New Delhi, India
Oct 20, 2018-Saturday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Cong, SP go hammer and tongs at each other

A FRESH round of tongue-lashing has started between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party following the decision to delist the constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi from the VIP category that ensured 24-hour power supply to Rae Bareli district.If officers of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) were to be believed, orders to begin rostering in the district reached Rae Bareli within 24-hours of Sonia Gandhi scored a record victory from the constituency. As Sonia?s high margin of victory ensured forfeiture of security deposits of other candidates, strong reactions were obvious.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 01:03 IST

A FRESH round of tongue-lashing has started between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party following the decision to delist the constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi from the VIP category that ensured 24-hour power supply to Rae Bareli district.If officers of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) were to be believed, orders to begin rostering in the district reached Rae Bareli within 24-hours of Sonia Gandhi scored a record victory from the constituency. As Sonia’s high margin of victory ensured forfeiture of security deposits of other candidates, strong reactions were obvious.

Yet, no one expected such a step. Rostering has already begun and Rae Bareli plunged into darkness within minutes of the orders in this regard were conveyed to the district UPPCL officials. Rae Bareli is the only district that has been deprived of the VIP status for the purpose of power supply while many other districts continue to enjoy the privilege. A senior officer when contacted confirmed that the orders ensuring 24-hour power supply were withdrawn.

There is a strong resentment among local people criticising the Mulayam Government for the decision. The Samajwadi Party has justified the decision saying if the UPPCL could resort to rostering in rest of UP, why can’t the same be done in Rae Bareli. The SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma said the State Government should resort to rostering in Rae Bareli if orders in this regard were not already passed. The Centre was giving more power to smaller states than the power being supplied to Uttar Pradesh, said Verma.UPCC president Salman Khurshid flayed the State Government for the decision saying that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was known for pursuing politics of vendetta. “Let them cut power. Rae Bareli will remain the centre of energy,” said Khurshid adding that the SP-led government was obviously upset about the defeat of the party’s candidate in the by-poll. Khurshid termed the SP’s charges that the Centre was not cooperating as baseless. The Centre was giving nearly 25 per cent of available power to Uttar Pradesh, said Khurshid with the outcome of the Rae Bareli by-poll indicating that the Mulayam-led government was on its way out.

Significantly, this was not for the first time that the Congress and the SP were into a verbal due over any issue.

The CM has also often attacked the Centre for what he has called its indifference towards UP and has time and again demanded a special package for development of UP.

First Published: May 14, 2006 01:03 IST