A word from Sonia means 24-hr electricity

A word from Sonia means 24-hr electricity

Power woman

It’s not without reason that Forbes magazine recently ranked Congress president Sonia Gandhi the sixth most powerful woman in the world.

It needed only a word from her for Rae Bareli, her parliamentary constituency, to have uninterrupted power supply.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday issued orders to ensure round-the-clock power supply to Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Officials of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd confirmed that a communication to this effect was received from senior officials.

Request by Sonia

The decision to include the two districts in the ‘no power-cut VVIP list’ was taken after a request was made by Gandhi to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Sonia had walked up to Yadav before parliamentary proceedings started in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and had requested the SP chief to “do something about the power crisis in Rae Bareli”.

“Soniaji told Netaji that due to poor power supply, farmers and the industry in the district were suffering,” said a source, who confirmed that Mulayam responded warmly to the request.

After the day’s proceedings in Parliament were stalled, Yadav rang up CM and asked him
to ensure 24-hour power supply to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s constituencies.

VVIP areas

Following this, orders were issued to UPPCL officials, compliance with which was ensured on Wednesday morning.

So far, districts exempted from power cuts include Mainpuri (Mulayam Singh Yadav is MP from here), Kannauj (the chief minister’s wife Dimple Yadav is a first-time MP from here), Rampur (urban development minister Azam Khan is an MLA from here) and Etawah (the home district of the Yadav family).

The state reels under an unprecedented power crisis. Urban areas suffer outages that last up to four hours, while the countryside routinely faces power cuts up to eight hours.


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