Modi Effect: Keeping rest of UP in dark, CM Akhilesh Yadav gives 'No Power-Cut' status to Varanasi

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Lucknow, June 2: When the rest of Uttar Pradesh has been suffering from 12-14 hours blackout, Varanasi received a special status -- No Power-Cut Status. Chief Minister of the state -- Akhilesh Yadav gave the special status to the religion city where Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerged as the winner in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election 2014.

Akhilesh, who has been facing tremendous criticism for continuous electricity trouble in the state, issued a notice asking AP Mishra to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Varanasi. Mishra is the MD of Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd.

It seems that Varanasi's special status is an aftereffect of Narendra Modi but it was learnt that the CM took the decision after his meeting witShyamdeo Roychaudhury. The seven-time BJP MLA from Varanasi South, who has been on hunger strike protest since May 27 demanding rostering-free status for Varanasi, ended his strike on Monday, June 2.

BJP MLA ended his hunger strike as CM is ready to give No power-cut status

To everyone's surprise, in the day preceding voting on May 12, Varanasi and Azamgarh was earmarked for 22 hours of power as against 18 hours they were getting earlier. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had contested from Azamgarh.

While Azamgarh continues to get uninterrupted power supply, situation was not as same as it was before election in Varanasi. BJP accused UP government of taking revenge on the people who did not vote for SP, instead they supported BJP to gain the majority.

Uttar Pradesh is facing energy deficit of over 924 million units (MU) or nearly 11.2%. Against the power requirement of over 8,282 MU, the state has availability of 7,358 MU.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's constituency Rae Bareli and other constituencies of SP leaders such as Etawa and Kannauj are among a handful of areas in the power deficit state that get 24-hour power supply.

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