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BSP stages walk out over power crisis in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh,Politics, Wed, 20 Jun 2012 IANS

Lucknow, June 20 (IANS) Angry at the incessant power cuts in Uttar Pradesh and dissatisfied with the government response to its concern on the issue, the opposition Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Wednesday walked out of an assembly session accusing the Samajwadi Party government of being indifferent to the people's plight.

Earlier, PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav said the government was spending Rs.7 crore per day on buying extra power. The government was trying to fix the problem and, at times due to grid failure, had to resort to power rostering, Yadav said.

He was replying to a question by BSP legislator Dharampal Singh on the power situation in and around the Taj Mahal in Agra, after the Supreme Court's order to provide electricity 24x7.

Yadav said adequate number of inverters were being installed to meet the power crisis.

However, Leader of Opposition Swamy Prasad Maurya wanted to know the number of power cuts in the Taj Mahal area in the past one month.

The minister said the government was trying not only to better power supply in the Taj Mahal area but also the entire state.

Maurya later charged the government with creating a chaotic situation in the state over power supply.

He said the government was being anti-people and anti-farmer. He then led his party legislators in a walk out from the House.

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