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‘Power loss’ makes Power minister fume at Siddu

eNarada, Bengaluru, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It was a perfect pitch for the Union Power Minster to target Karnataka Government on Tuesday when the auditorium went powerless for a few minutes!

Piyush Goyal addressing Youth as part of ‘Modi Fest’ at KASSIA Auditorium. eNarada Picture

Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, who is in Bengaluru to highlight the three-year achievements of Narendra Modi government was in for a surprise when the power went off in the KASSIA auditorium on Tuesday afternoon. This was followed by intermittent power cuts for the next few minutes and Goyal appeared to be infuriated over the whole issue.

He wanted to know from the audience if the power cut was a rarity or a daily phenomenon. The audience who were upset over the recent power cuts in the city (when Bengaluru went powerless in the May last week due to heavy rainfall) told the power minister as to how they were reeling under power cuts and had to spend the entire night without electricity.

However, as Mr Goyal left the venue, there was an anti-climax to the whole story.The power cut was not due to the mistake of the BESCOM but because of a technical snag in the auditorium.

Using this opportunity to target the Karnataka Government, Mr Goyal said, “When we have excess power, it is ironical that Karnataka is suffering from power cuts. We, the union government are always helpful to states to tide over the power crisis. Instead of joining hands with us, Siddaramaiah government accuse of step motherly treatment. I want to use this occasion to call for the people of Karnataka to throw away the corrupt Congress government.”

However, as Mr Goyal left the venue, there was an anti-climax to the whole story.The power cut was not due to the mistake of the BESCOM but because of a technical snag in the auditorium.

Former corporator H Ravindra who had convened the programme confirmed that the power fluctuations were due to a technical issue.

Even BESCOM’s AEE Rajput clarified, “I checked with my staff and there was absolutely no power cut from our end. The KASSIA auditorium experienced power loss due to overload in their internal systems.”

Whatever may be the reason, Mr Goyal got a right pitch to target the state government.

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