Ujjain: A dharna was staged by workers of the Pradesh Congress Committee against the hike in power tariff on Friday morning.
Party workers, led by Madhav Nagar block president, Ajeet Singh Thakur, reached the Maksi road office of the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board and demonstrated against the hike. Later, a memorandum to the Governor was handed over to the tehsildar, Shekhar Choudhary demanding immediate roll back of the decision.
Ajeet Thakur said this decision would adversely affect the middle class people, who were already reeling under the burden of inflation. The electricity board has been regularly increasing power tariff in the state, he pointed out. Power tariff for the agriculture and industry sector had been increased by 13 per cent. He alleged that the MP government was buying expensive power from private companies and selling at cheaper rates to other states. ‘The government is purchasing power from Gujarat based power supplier Torrent at rate of Rs7.43 per unit and selling it to other states at Rs 3 per unit,” he added.
The congress committee has threatened a violent protest against the government, if did not roll back the decision. Party leaders including Jai Singh Darbar, Sanjay Thakur, Deepak Mahere, OP Lot, Manish Gome, Rajesh Rana, Arun Verma, Jagdish Raghuvanshi, Jeetendra Tilkar, Sunil Jain, Kundan Mali, Chetan Yadav, Harendra Lala, Anil Devdhar and many other party workers joined the protest.
Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee member Noori Khan and All India Youth Congress secretary Hemant Singh Chauhan have stated that the steep hike in electricity tariff had broken the backbone of the common man. They said that if the state government failed to roll back the hiked tariff, the Youth Congress would be compelled to launch a massive demonstration on April 10.
“The move would badly hit middle class people, already reeling under burden of inflation. MP government is purchasing power from Gujarat based power supplier Torrent at the rate of Rs 7.43 per unit and selling it to other states at Rs 3 per unit.”
-AJEET SINGH THAKUR, President, Madhav Nagar block Congress committee