The TDP is seen to be trying to divert mass attention from the electoral defeat to power crisis where it squarely blames the CM for the power crisis. The fact is that the political cauldron is in a confused flux
We are used to political subterfuge so much so that we can’t stomach plain talk. The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s admission the day before that the power crisis is no monopoly of Andhra Pradesh but a national issue has pulverised the political terra firma.
“Power shortage is a national issue, not just of Andhra Pradesh. Other states too are facing the problem. Why blame the government?” was the reasoning he expressed at the venue of Indiramma Baata mass contact programme in Kakinada on Monday.
That said, it remains a question as to why his government failed to get adequate gas for the power stations as AP is not overly dependent on hydro power and failure of monsoon is not the real big reason.
Kiran admitted, “If gas was available we will be able to produce another 1,100 to 12,000 MW power. The State can generate 2,700 MW from gas provided 75 per cent plant load factor was maintained. But due to shortage, PLF has fallen down to 34 per cent.” He put the blame on the Centre.
“Well, which other CM will do such plain talk?” asked Congress leader Abdul Rasool Khan. He found fault with the TDP which says during its term such outage was not an order of the day.
The TDP leaders say the admission of power crisis and helplessness of the government is a miserable confession of the government’s failure. The Warangal TDP leader Kadam Srihari, while launching a hunger strike in Warangal against power crisis said, said the government was lacking vision and as a result, of the total 5,585 MW power supposed to be generated only 1,259 MW was being generated at present. The farmers were largely affected due to power cuts and the agriculture was in doldrums.
“Why does he not quit and go?” ask opposition leaders. But which chief minister has ever quit for a power crisis? The Kiran camp defenders wanted to know.
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