Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary K. Narayana has criticised the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for what he called its “inefficiency and lack of foresight” that has plunged the State into a power crisis.

Dr. Narayana condemned the Chief Minister's reported remarks attributing the present power situation to the participation of Singareni Collieries workers in the 42-day Sakala Janula Samme.

The skewed priorities of the State government were exposed in the allocation of gas to private power plants ignoring public sector APGENO's units which had a capacity of 3,500 MW.

Briefing reporters after a meeting of the party's State executive here on Wednesday, he said the party had decided to field candidates in places where it had significant presence in the bye-elections to 17 more seats that have fallen vacant.

The executive had decided to seek reports from district councils before finalising the constituencies.

Stating that the party was examining Anantapur, Yemmiganur, Parkal and Payakaraopet constituencies, Mr. Narayana asserted that he would consult the CPI (M) and other left parties in the matter.