Widespread protests against irregular power supply

Farmers burn CMs effigy, block roads in two districts

left in the dark Villagers of Vakkaleri and surrounding villages blocked traffic on Kolar-Malur road demanding regular supply of power to the rural parts, here on Tuesday. DH photo

The protesters, who burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, raised slogans against Bangalore Electricity Supply Company and the state government.

“The government has reneged on its promise of supplying 3 phase power for 14 hours. Farmers are crestfallen and students are finding it difficult to pursue their studies due to unscheduled power cuts,” the villagers alleged. The dharna which commenced at 10.30 in the morning lasted up to 2 in the noon. The villagers withdrew their protest only after the authorities assured of supplying three phase power for four hours in the morning and three hours in the evening.

People of Anepura, Vakkaleri, Chinnapura, Gudagunji Gurki, Chavanahalli, Alalli, Panakanahalli, Gangapura and Mylandahalli took part in the dharna.
Similar protests were held in Chikkaballapur, Chintamani and Srinivaspur.
It may be recalled that farmers laid siege to the office of the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) on Monday demanding regular power supply.

Protest warned

Meanwhile, Karnataka Rakshna Vedike has warned of staging a protest in front of Bescom office on Nov 3 demanding regular power supply.
In a press meet held here on Tuesday, the KRV leaders alleged that power supply has gone haywire across the district as a result of which the farmers and students have been put into hardship.

The state government, which had declared of giving a pro-farmer administration has, of late, adopted anti-farmer stance. Power Minister K S Eshwarappa has been issuing contradicting statements. While the minister says there is no load shedding, power has become a mirage in majority of the villages in the district, they alleged.

The KRV has set a deadline of Nov 2 for the Bescom for ensuring quality and continuous power supply, failing which it has warned of launching the protest.

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