Punjab

Sukhbir Singh Badal, the biggest ‘power mafia’ lord in the state: Harpal Singh Cheema

Punjab Tribune Bureau | July 12, 2019 06:53 PM

Like the Badals, Captain is pocketing huge ‘commission’ from private thermal plants: Meet Hayer


 MOGA: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday swarmed the ‘dharnas’ being organized by the Akali Dal (Badal) under the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Badal against expensive electricity, blaming Sukhbir Badal for the Himalayan botch-up, who was now at downplaying the his dubious role to gain public sympathy.

The AAP leaders, led by   Leader of Opposition, Harpal Singh Cheema, legislator Meet Hayer, former MP Prof. Sadhu Singh, Halqa President Navdeep Singh Sangha and District President Naseeb Singh Bawa and other local leaders, who scoffed at the sham dharna being staged by them by distributing leaflets to expose the Badals and the Captain Amarinder singh Government for their wrong doings.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, Harpal Singh Cheema and Meet Hayer said that people of Punjab were paying high power tariff compared to other states and held Sukhbir Badal sqarely responsible for it for having entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with three private thermal power plants under which the state was bound to cough up a whopping amount of Rs 2800 crore annually to these private players even if they did not produce a single unit of power, adding that the agreement was set to cost the state up to 70000 crores in next 25 years under the agreement.

Cheema said that upon his call attention motion brought about on the floor of the House, the Congress MLA and former power minister Rana Gurjeet Singh had admitted in the House that due to the anti-state agreements, Punjab had to pay Rs 62500 crore to these three private thermal plants in the next 25 years. Cheema said that Sukhbir Badal was the lord of ‘power mafia’ in the state and the sham protests staged under his leadership was a mere political gimmick.

On this occasion, Meet Hayer said that earlier the Badals had been earning worth crores through ‘commission’ from the private players and now Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had been pocketing huge amounts from them, which was why he was dragging his feet on the scrapping of the PPAs.

The AAP leaders said that the ‘Bijli Morcha’ spearheaded by the AAP was aimed at exposing the wrong doings of the Badals and Captain government in the state by reaching out to the last of the villager in the state hereby buying justice for all categories of consumers in the state, saying that the high power tariff had driven a big hole in the rich and the poor alike .

 

Cheema and Meet Hayer demanded that the Captain Government should replicate the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government model providing electricity in Delhi at Re one up to 200 units and Rs 2.25 up to 400 units notwithstanding the fact that it did not produce even a single unit of power while Punjab was touted to be a power surplus state, stating that government should scrap PPAsimmediately offer waiver on pending  bills raised unauthorized and taking the power mafia with an iron hand. 

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