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SP MPs protest Power Ministry's hurdles for UP project

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 24 (UNI) Samajwadi Party MPs led by Amar Singh today walked into the well of the Rajya Sabha to lodge their protest against the discrimination heaped on Uttar Pradesh by posing hurdles to deny mega power projects capable of providing power to the national grid.

The MPs rushed to the well of the House protesting against the decision of the Power Ministry seeking to review the costs of the gas supply for the projects executed by the National Thermal Power Corporation and Reliance Energy Corporation at Dadri.

When Delhi was thirsty for water, Uttar Pradesh provided it for Sonia Vihar in the larger interests of the people of the Capital but when UP wanted power, the government in Delhi was posing hurdles, Mr Singh alleged.

When there was cross talks between Singh and Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh, an enraged Singh led his MPs to the well of the House shouting slogans against discrimination.

Mr Singh said the buyer and sellers were ready for the deal but the Power Ministry was putting spokes in the wheel, which was most unfortunate and people of UP would not tolerate it, Mr Singh said.

Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's appeal to the Samajwadi Party MPs had a sobering effect and the MPs went back to their seats paving way for the resumption of the proceedings. The Chair observed that he was allowing the Members to raise the issues because it was the penultimate day of the current session and nobody should take advantage of such a good will, he said.

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