BJP demands CBI probe into illegal power selling by companies

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) The Delhi BJP today demanded that a CBI enquiry be ordered into the ''misconduct'' of power companies which were illegaly selling power meant for the capital to outside states.

Citing Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh's advice to Delhi Power Minister Dr Ashok Walia that action be taken against private power companies who were selling power meant for Delhi to other states, state BJP president Dr Harshvardhan said the move had created 'shortage of power' in Delhi.

Of the allotted 41.5 million units, the companies were drawing merely 40.8 million units from the national grid, while the rest was being sold to other states at a premium, he alleged.

Mr Ramesh had informed Dr Walia, on May 8, that there was no shortage of power and the reality was that these companies were drawing less than the allotted power and selling the rest surreptitiously to other states.

This step had led to load shedding in the capital and undeclared power cuts for the common man, he added.

Demanding that the Lt Governor intervene into the matter and order a CBI probe into the bungling by power companies, the state BJP chief said unless they were leashed, the situation in the capital would go out of hand.

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