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Modi bought power from private firms at higher rates , says Rahul

DH News Service, New Delhi, Dec 1 2017, 18:59 IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. PTI File photo.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. PTI File photo.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded an explanation for reportedly helping four private electricity firms earn Rs 62,549 crore between 2002 and 2016.

"Between 2002-16, why did you fill the pockets of four private companies by buying electricity to the tune of Rs 62,549 crore. The capacity of state-run power companies declined by 62%, but why did you buy power at up to Rs 24 per unit, against Rs 3 per unit," Rahul asked on Twitter.

Congress leaders claimed that the Gujarat government-run power plants have the capacity to produce 8641 MW of electricity but they operated at "abysmally low levels of 33%-38% of their capacity over the last three years."

"Shockingly, the BJP government in Gujarat has been purchasing power from private companies at unimaginably high rates of Rs 24.67 per unit as the government-owned NTPC was supplying electricity to it at rates of Rs 2.88-Rs.3.17 per unit," Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said, seeking to debunk the BJP's claim that Gujarat was a power surplus state.

"Only four private power companies €“ Adani, Tata, Essar and China Light Power benefit as expensive power is purchased from them at the cost of the people of Gujarat," Surjewala claimed.

Keen to keep the poll narrative on development issues, Rahul Gandhi has launched a social media campaign "Gujarat Maange Hisaab" (Gujarat demands accountability). As part of the campaign, Rahul has been posing a question to Modi everyday since Wednesday.

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