YSRCP protests Power Tariff Hike
- Walks in, walks out
- Naidu tries to justify action
- Contends 86 percent people unaffected
- No change in Naidu’s mindset, says Jagan
HYDERABAD: Expressing strong disapproval to the hike in power tariff, the YSRCP members led by its leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy staged a walk-out from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday, before the chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu answered his questions. Jagan accused the chief minister of violating the poll promises with regard to power sector.
Instead of reducing the power tariff since the coal prices are falling domestically and internationally, the Andhra Pradesh government hiked the power tariff, Jagan Mohan Reddy accused. Jagan also blamed Chandrababu Naidu for purchasing power at exorbitant prices from private companies through Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA).
Before Chandrababu Naidu answered the points, YSRCP walked out and blamed the CM that he had not changed his mindset.
Earlier in the day when question hour was going on, the YSRCP members stalled the proceedings and wanted the government to take up discussion on the issue of power tariff hike immediately. The party members have given an adjournment motion. However, the Speaker disallowed the motion and wanted the house to go ahead with the question hour.
The YSRCP Members began chanting slogans demanding roll back of the power tariff hike and stalled the proceedings. The Speaker adjourned the house thrice, for ten minutes each in the first two instances and for 15 minutes in the third adjournment, to bring order.
When the House re-assembled, YSRCP members once again requested for a discussion. The Speaker stated that a discussion would be taken up only after the CM made a statement.
The YSRCP members demanded an immediate discussion. When the house reassembled, the chief minister contended that 86 per cent of the people of Andhra Pradesh would remain unaffected by the tariff hike. He also said that the agro-based industries would also not be affected by the tariff. He said those who consume more than 200 units only would be affected by the new tariff rates. He said the power tariff in AP was among the lowest. (NSS)