Mamata to observe voluntary power cut

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Kolkata, May 08 (UNI) Going the Gopal Krishna Gandhi way, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today said she would observe a voluntary power cut at her residence for two hours from tomorrow.

'' This is in protest against the state government's failure to supply power to farmers in urban areas, '' Ms Bannerjee told reporters.

Power will be switched off at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata between 4 PM to 6 PM daily, she said.

Her decision came a day after Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi created a flutter with self-imposed blackout in his official residence as a mark of solidarity with the common people, being affected by power cuts.

Power was switched off at the Raj Bhavan for two hours in phases for the second day today as the CPI(M) went further offensive against the state's first citizen accusing him of being motivated in opposing the Left Front Government.

'' This is a motivated act of the Governor. He is opposing the Government by using his post, '' CPI(M) Central Committee member and CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty said.

Mr Chakraborty, who was sarcastic to suggest yesterday that the Governor should leave the sprawling Raj Bhavan to make room for the poor, was more forthright today.

'' He deserves to be ridiculed. He himself has ridiculed the Government, '' Mr Chakraborty said pointing at the Governor's act, highlighting the disruption in power supply.

Taking it as an indirect dig at the efficiency of the state administration, yesterday CPI(M) state Secretary and Polit Bureau member Biman Basu also called for reviewing the role of Governors in the country.


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