Whose power is it anyway?

(P Ravi)

Hyderabad, November 11: It was only yesterday that the Telangana assembly became the hot bed for arguments and counter arguments over farmer suicides and power crisis. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and several others including MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi blamed Andhra Pradesh and Chandrababu Naidu for the power problems. KCR also said that AP CM is the cause for Telangana’s problem and that according to the re-organisation law; Telangana should get 53.89% electricity, which is not happening since June 18, this year. AP government is blocking 980 megawatts of power from reaching Telangana state, he added. On the other hand, TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy reeled out figures from SRLDC data to show that TS drew more power than AP. According to the data, for the period from June 8 and November 1, from the total 27,948 MU utilised, Telangana state used 17,150 MU and AP 12,839 MU. Was it an intentional move by KCR to bring up the discussion on power just before the short discussion of farmers’ suicides, so that the opposition will have lesser chance of countering his allegations? If it was, then the move seems to have backfired as Revanth went on and on reeling out data.

Countering the allegations, today, AP finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said blaming AP for power crisis in Telangana was not in the right spirit. He said that when there is a problem, both the governments should sit together and sort out instead of levying accusations. While you say AP is not giving share in power from projects like Jurala, we say that Telangana state is in fact getting a better share. And there are a few projects from which Telangana is not sharing power with AP – he added. “If Telangana gets share in Jurala, then AP should get it from Sileru. TRS should stop trying to gain from stoking controversies. AP Chief Chandrababu Naidu works for the welfare of both the states.”

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