According to sources, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who offered a solution to Punjab’s unprecedented power crisis on Friday (July 2), allegedly owes over Rs 8.67 lakh in pending electricity bills that have not been paid for eight months. “I’m not aware of the problem. Subdivisional Officers must have been aware. He received no special treatment. We will look into the matter “Amritsar’s Chief Engineer, Power Department
Earlier on Friday, Sidhu slammed Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, claiming that the state government would not have to resort to power outages “if we act in the right direction.” Sidhu stated in a series of tweets that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha can introduce new legislation to amend the Power Purchase Agreements signed by the Badal government, which are responsible for the state’s high electricity rates. According to the Congress leader, the average cost of power in Punjab is Rs 4.54 per unit, while the national average is Rs 3.85 per unit and Chandigarh pays Rs 3.44 per unit.
Sidhu has yet to respond to the situation.
For quite some time, Sidhu and the Punjab Chief Minister have been at odds. According to Patry sources, Congress is eager to get its house in order in the state before the Assembly elections next year, and a series of meetings have been held in recent weeks to resolve factionalism and other issues.
(with ANI inputs)