Vikash Sharma

At a time when both BJD and BJP staged demonstrations over the rise in prices of essential commodities and erratic power supply, the Odisha Congress accused both parties of misleading people.

At a presser, Odisha PCC President Sarat Pattanayak alleged that both the BJD and BJP are in competition to harass people. One party is protesting power cuts while another is demonstrating over gas prices. Both BJD and BJP are cheating the people of Odisha, he said.

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“Rs 20,000 crore was allocated for the development of infrastructure by the Centre. When MoU was signed with Tata, Rs 5,000 crore was allocated and CM Naveen Patnaik should inform the public where is the remaining Rs 15,000 crore,” questioned Pattanayak.

Had the govt utilised Rs 15,000 crore, such situation of power cuts and low voltage would not had cropped up in Odisha, which is claimed to be a power surplus state by government, he added. “Where did corruption happen? The state government should release a white paper on utilisation of funds for power infrastructure development,” said the Congress chief.

The Congress further alleged that Tata is also indulging in forcible collection of pending electricity bills.

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“Under no circumstances, the party will tolerate forceful collection of arrear bills. We want the state government to waive off pending bills. If such things do not stop, Congress will stage demonstration in front of GRIDCO office on June 19 and subsequently launch protests across the state,” Pattanayak added.

Senior Congress leader, Panchanan Kanungo said, “Odisha should propose before OERC that electricity bill should be handed over to people on a single date.”

No responses have been received on the allegations made by the Congress.

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