Hyderabad: The CPI State Secretary, Dr K Narayana on Tuesday said that the ghost of Kadapa by-elections was haunting the ruling Congress as it deputed 10 Ministers as in-charges, paralyzing the administration.
Speaking at a media conference in Makdum Bhavan here, Dr Narayana said that with the camping of 10 ministers in Kadapa for the by-polls, the 10 departments have become inactive due to absence of the ministers. Along with the Ministers, large number of supporters and their security men camped in the district. Questioning as to what catastrophe would happen if Mr Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Mrs Vijayamma won in the by- elections, he said that the Government should be sportive in the elections. The outcome of the election would be based on the peoples’ wishes, but not the deployment of ministers, he added.
Indirectly referring to the ruling Congress party, he felt that the over-acting political parties would definitely taste bad experience in the by-polls.
Reiterating to his demand for roll back of hiked power tariff, the CPI leader underlined the need for a comprehensive discussion on ‘power policy’ of the State. He strongly criticized Kiran Kumar Reddy Government for resorting to power tariff hike on the pretext of A P Electricity Reforms Commission (APERC) recommendations. The Commission was just an institute that prepare the minds of the government as well as the people for power tariff hike and it never look for public good.
Coming down heavily on the Government for permitting Merchant Power Plants (MPPs) as its wish, Dr Narayana pointed out that the government has issued permission to the merchant power plants with a total capacity of 44,000 MW, as against the power requirement of 29,000 MW by 2025. The MPPs were taking lands and benefiting with incentives offered by the Government, but not benefiting the State in any way.
“Why the Government was not implementing the Section (11) A of the Electricity Act that mandated the power houses to allocate some quota from the power generated to the State”, he questioned. (NSS)