UP treated step-motherly by Centre: Mulayam
Lucknow, May 9 (UNI) Alleging the Centre of step-motherly treatment to wards Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the power crisis existed since the state was getting less power than required.
Smaller states like Punjab and Haryana are getting more power than the larger states like Uttar Pradesh. This is a blatant case of partialty, he said talking to reporters after attending the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected members of the state Legislative Council.
Mr Yadav said Uttar Pradesh was being given 200 MW power instead of its 2,400 MW requirement, resulting in acute power crisis.
Admitting no new power units was established in the last decade, the Chief Minister said state power plants had obsolete machines and require financial input to be modernised.
''We have not received any financial help from the Centre for maintenance of these old machines,'' he said.
Accusing the UPA government of unnecessarily meddling into the issue of allocation of power to the state generated from Uttaranchal, Mr Yadav said his Uttar Pradesh was always out of favour from the Centre.
He claimed despite all constraints, his government had been able to accord top priority to power. ''We appeal the people to excercise restraint...Uttar Pradesh will soon get over the crisis,'' he added.
The Samajwadi Party chief observed that Uttar Pradesh deserved a special package from the Centre, but never got it. ''Despite the ill treatment, Uttar Pradesh is providing adequate water to meet the needs of the National capital,'' he added.
Uttar Pradesh is going through a grave power situation, with massive power cuts crippling normal life. People at various places took to streets to protest.
Earlier, the Chief Minister attended the oath-taking ceremony.
13 members were administered oath of the Upper House of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature. Those included Kashinath, Khawaja Haleem, Ram Sharan Das, Dayaram, Ramesh Chandra Uttam, Rakesh Singh Rana, Ashok Dhawan, Ramapati Ram, Ram Naresh Yadav, Babu Singh, Jugal Kishore, Sunil Kumar and Harpal Saini.
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