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Endowments Minister slams hike, terms move ‘anti-poor’

Terming the proposed power tariff hike  as ‘anti-poor’, endowments minister C Ramachandraiah questioned the Congress as to why it took such a decision without discussing the same on the party fora.

Published: 07th January 2013 02:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2013 02:46 PM   |  A+A-

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Terming the proposed power tariff hike  as ‘anti-poor’, endowments minister C Ramachandraiah questioned the Congress as to why it took such a decision without discussing the same on the party fora.

In an open letter to Pradesh Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana on Sunday, the minister said burdening the common man in the form of increased tariff would dilute the efforts taken by AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Union tourism minister K Chiranjeevi to strengthen the party in the state.

“Do you know any key decision by the government should be discussed within the party beforehand and suggestions taken from party leaders?,” Ramachandraiah asked Botcha.

When elections are due next year and local body and cooperative elections due in the next few months, the Opposition parties were waiting for every opportunity to settle scores with Congress.

The party and the government should work in tandem but the state  government was acting unilaterally, the minister alleged.

Never in the history of the state had the power tariff been hiked by `13,000 crore. Though the power sector’s performance has been bad since the last two years, there was no proper review on that, the minister alleged.

“Will these drastic decisions help the party retain power in 2014 Assembly elections? We need an introspection on this,” he suggested. He demanded an extended committee meeting of PCC immediately to give a proper direction to the state government on key issues.

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