Power outages have returned to haunt 'energy surplus' Madhya Pradesh as well as the ruling Congress at a time when political heat is going up in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections along with the summer mercury.
Well aware of the political cost of the power cuts, especially during elections are around, Chief Minister and seasoned politician Kamal Nath has sought a status report on availability of power, distribution and the power cuts carried out in the last one month from state Energy Minister and other higher ups, a party functionary said Tuesday.
State Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot recently told a public meeting in his home district Jabalpur that some staffers of power distribution companies were working against the Congress who will be dealt with after the model code of conduct comes to end.
The Congress, which returned to power after a gap of 15 years last year, has become wary of power cuts now.
Madhya Pradesh will vote in four phases beginning April 29.
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