Power crisis: AIADMK to organise massive agitation in TN

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Chennai, Nov 30 (UNI) The opposition AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today announced that the party would organise a massive agitation any day between December 3 and 7 to protest against the ''dismal'' power position in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement here, Ms Jayalalithaa, flaying state Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy for ''plunging'' Tamil Nadu into darkness, said the agitation would be held in all block, municipalities and corporations in the state.

She said the ''credit'' for making Tamil Nadu, which was once a surplus power producing state into a low voltage and power cuts state should go to Mr Veerasamy and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Mr Veerasamy's submission that the state had to face power shortage as it could not get 1,500 MW from wind energy, 500 MW from Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and 500 MW from the central pool, only showed his inability.

She said the power shortage from wind energy could not be unexpected as the energy could be harnessed only during the months of April, May and June when the wind was strong and whenever it failed, the state should resort to other means as it was done during the previous AIADMK regime.

Ms Jayalalithaa also faulted the state government for failing to get 500 MW of power from the NLC and another 500 MW from the Central pool, especially the ruling DMK, a key constituent of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

She dismissed as a 'total lie', Mr Veerasamy's claim that the state faced a power shortage of 400 MW every year and this had increased to 700 MW following additional foreign investments.

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