Severe power crisis across Chhattisgarh has left Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in a soup.
According to various local media reports, the power supply situation in the state is so bad that even the urban areas have been suffering due to frequent power cuts.
The situation is worse in the rural areas where the power cuts of 6-8 hours is a routine at a time when the summer is at its acme.
According to sources, the Chief Minister warned the officials that dereliction in duty won’t be tolerated and strict action would be taken against the guilty officials. He said the action can also come in the form of not only suspension but termination also.
The problem with Baghel is that he is also holding the charge of power ministry and he has been in the firing line of the opposition leaders for dismal power situation in the state.
In its election manifesto, the Congress had not only promised to improve electricity supply in the state but also to cut the electricity bill by 50 per cent.
Now, Baghel is being accused of reducing the power supply by 50 per cent instead of electricity bills.
Though the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also cornering Baghel over the poor power supply scenario in the state, but it’s Chhattisgarh Janta Congress (Jogi) state president Amit Jogi, one of the most vocal opponents of Baghel, who has been launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister on a regular basis.