BJP’s Rajasthan unit president Satish Poonia on Tuesday said that the Congress government is responsible for the shortage of coal in the state’s thermal power plants. He said that the state government neither claimed nor demanded for its share in the coal at the time.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s mother died on Sunday and Poonia had come here in this connection.
Poonia told reporters at the Jodhpur Circuit House that the state government has failed to strike a balance between the demand and availability of coal. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said, “If this government had the foresight, the demand for coal would have been made on time, so that the power generation crisis in all the six power plants in the state would not have arisen.”
He also questioned the efforts made by the state government to develop alternative sources of energy and said that the work of making Rajasthan a center of solar energy is not being done at the expected pace. Poonia said that instead of making allegations and counter allegations and making hollow claims, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should focus on resolving the crisis through better management.
The BJP leader also referred to the statement of ‘Coal India’ which said that “the state government did not submit the demand for coal for the whole year and also did not clear the dues”. He also asked why coal is not being produced in the state despite the government having its own mines.
Poonia said, “And now Gehlot is making baseless allegations against the central government to hide his mistake while the central government is supplying coal as per the state’s demand.”
Gehlot had recently made a statement that he would again form the government in the state and would stay for the next 15-20 years. Responding to this, Poonia said, “Gehlot is a magician but not a prophet. His maths is not good and he is saying this in pride.
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