Power tariff hike has CM nod: Cong

The West Bengal Congress protest against the hike in electricity tariff turned into a platform of attacking the Trinamool Congress-led government in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 17, 2012 1:00:43 am

The West Bengal Congress protest against the hike in electricity tariff turned into a platform of attacking the Trinamool Congress-led government in the state.

State Congress chief Pradeep Bhattacharya said it was not possible for the CESC to hike price without the knowledge of the state government.

“The state regulatory authority must have given its approval and only after that prices were raised. Why didn’t the state government pressure CESC and why was there no discussion with us?” he said.

Bhattacharya also referred to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to support UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee and said: “There is still time to make amends. If the Trinamool doesn’t support the Bengali Presidential candidate,the people of Bengal would keep a note of this.”

Lawyer and prominent Congress leader Arunava Ghosh said when the Centre hiked petrol price,it put forward some reasons and publicised it through media but the state government neither bothered to inform people nor did it put forward any reason why there was a rise in power tariff.

He also said that Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee followed the Chief Minister around like a shadow — “much like the pug of a telecom commercial”.

Senior Congress leader Pradeep Ghosh said if the state did not withdraw the hike,Congress would put up demonstrations in front of all CESC cash collection centres of the city and urge residents not to pay their electricity bills.

Congress leader Abdul Mannan said the Chief Minister has been pointing fingers at the Centre at every instance.

“She claims her government has done 100 per cent work. Does that mean the problems of unemployment,bad roads and health facilities do not exist in the state?” he said,

He also said the Chief Minister was fooling the people of Bengal and that she was putting up an act to attract different sections of society.

“To woo the Muslims,she dons a chadar and keeps saying she says namaz and fasts during the month of Ramzan. She acts like she has become as the messiah of the Muslims,” he said.

The party also put a deputation to Governor M K Narayanan in the evening.

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