Vikash Sharma

Protesting frequent power cuts and irresponsible statements by the state Energy minister, the Congress activists on Wednesday staged a demonstration at Aul in Kendrapara district.

Though the Congress activists wanted to gherao the Aul electricity department, they resorted to pelting eggs and tomatoes as the gate of the electricity office was locked. Later, the activists blocked the Cuttack-Chandbali road by staging a demonstration.

“As we found the gate of the electricity office locked, we were forced to block the road. We had only plans to gherao the electricity office. We are demanding uninterrupted power supply as people are facing issues due to power cuts,” said Congress leader, Devendra Sharma.

According to Sharma, people, who used to get an electricity bill of Rs 200 are now getting bills of Rs 2000 after installation of new meters by Tata Power.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Sarat Pattanayak said, “The party will stage a demonstration in front of electricity offices across the state on June 27 in protest against the power cuts.”

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  • Banamali Sahoo