Power outage blame game begins, Centre says UP govt responsible for current crisis

A combination of pictures shows power outage hitting life across north India

The Union power ministry on Tuesday blamed it on states overdrawing electricity for the successive grid failures. According to sources, Centre’s policy to appease Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav proved to be the major cause for the current power crisis across the north India.

Sources said that Union Power Minister Sushil Shinde has told the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that the electricity crisis was due to the SP-ruled Uttar Pradesh drawing excessive energy for the last couple of months. He has submitted a report to the PMO in this regard.

Power ministry sources said that the PMO had been warned of impending crisis as the Akhilesh Yadav government was being allowed to overdraw energy from the northern grid. However, the PMO ignored it because of the evolving Congress-SP dynamics.

As a result, the politics of appeasement caused major power meltdown in the country, sources said.

In fact, appearing before media following the second massive grid failure in two days, Shinde blamed the states for the crisis. He, however, stopped short of naming UP.

“States have been overdrawing the power… Action will be taken against the defaulters,” Shinde said on Tuesday.

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