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Rashmi Ranjan

Intensifying its resentment over electricity tariff hike and frequent-power cut, the Odisha BJP will stage a week-long protest across the State from tomorrow (July 14), informed party president Samir Mohanty on Tuesday.

Addressing media, the saffron party leader said, “Power companies are hoodwinking the people of the State by frequent power cuts. While many people are struggling to make ends meets during the prevailing Covid situation, these power companies are adding to their trouble with tariff hikes.”

The week-long protest will begin tomorrow and end on July 20. During the period, BJP worker will stage protest in front of all electricity offices across the State, Mohanty informed. 

The main Opposition party in Odisha also targeted the State government alleging misutilisation of Central fund meant for post-cyclone restoration works and sought the ruling BJD government to release a white paper on the expenses incurred in the repair-rebuilding process.

“From cyclone Fani to Yaas, the Centre has provided sufficient funds to Odisha which is enough to redevelop the infrastructure. The State government should release a white paper on how they spent the funds,” Mohanty said.

Reacting to the allegations levelled by BJP, BJD spokesperson Lenin Mohanty said, “The saffron party should stop shading crocodile tears.  Rather than commenting on power tariff hike, they must work do something over skyrocketing prices of fuel.”

Power tariff was raised by 20 paise per unit in October last year and a further hike of 30 paise per unit in April has affected the common people, leaving them helpless amid the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic

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