BJP faces heat over power outages

The Bharatiya Janata Party is facing the heat over unscheduled power outages in Delhi. The party’s Uttam Nagar MLA Pawan Sharma was booed away on Saturday by residents of Hastsal for severe outages.

“There is no electricity in our area for the past two days. There is no water supply too. The MLA says it’s not his fault. To whom should we complain now? We are left in the middle of nowhere. The MLA can’t rescue himself from this problem,” said Anita Sharma, a resident of Hastsal.

“We are not asking him to climb the electricity pole and fix the lines. He can at least raise the issue with the Centre,” she added.

Sharma, who defeated four-time former MLA and Congress strongman Mukesh Sharma, said people are not angry at him.

“They (the residents) are not angry at me. They are angry at the system. In the past 15-20 years, not a single new electricity line was laid in this area. People are facing the problem due to the fault of the former government,” he told reporters here.

“We have just come to power. We will make things better but it will take some time to rectify the problems created by the Congress governments,” he added.

Delhi Congress chief spokesperson and former area MLA Mukesh Sharma demanded resignation of Pawan Sharma for failing to provide relief to residents.

“If the MLA is not able to address the problems of his constituency, then he should resign. The government must stop paying his salary immediately. The BJP is stooping so low that for every issue it is blaming the Congress,” Mukesh Sharma told Deccan Herald.

Delhi is suffering from massive unscheduled outages in the areas of Reliance Infra backed discoms, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, following the thunderstorm on May 30, which damaged major transmission lines.

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