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UP power woes: Samajwadi Party accuses centre of vendetta
Monday September 8, 2014 8:15 PM, IANS

The Samajwadi Party Monday accused the union government and Power Minister Piyush Goyal of turning a blind eye to the power woes of Uttar Pradesh and indulging in politics of vendetta.

Samajwadi Party spokesman and Political Pensions Minister Rajendra Chowdhary said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the centre was not cooperating with the Uttar Pradesh government to find solutions to the power crisis in the state.

"The state government is doing whatever it can from its limited resources, but the central government and its ministers are busy criticising the UP government and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav," Chowdhary said.

Terming the centre-state relationship as "impractical", Chowdhary accused union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal of being "stubborn and factually incorrect".

On the coal paucity which has hit the state-owned power stations, the spokesman said the union power ministry was "prejudiced" against the Samajwadi Party government.

He said it was a sorry state of affairs that Uttar Pradesh, which sent 71 BJP leaders to the Lok Sabha, was not being cared for.

Meanwhile, reacting to the criticism of the union government, state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Uttar Pradesh was facing an unprecedented power crisis because the state government "neither cares nor has a strategy to tackle the grim power scenario".

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