The CPI(M) conducted a public ballot against the power charge hike move at 25 centres in Kadapa town and it evoked good response from the people, the party’s city secretary N. Ravisankar Reddy said on Thursday.
The Kiran Kumar Reddy Government was frequently enhancing power charges posing a burden of Rs. 32,000 crore on the people so far and it would incur the people’s wrath, Mr. Reddy asserted. The Congess Government was weakening A.P. Genco by starving it of funds and was taking decisions to benefit private players, he alleged. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was indifferent to party MLAs and leaders resenting the hike.
The so-called reforms were aimed at privatising the power sector, he alleged.
Power pilferage would not necessitate any hike in charges, the CPI(M) leader said. Party leaders Dasatagiri Reddy, Balachennaiah, Papi Reddy, Thulasiram, Balakrishna, Lakshmi Devi, S. Siddhiramaiah, S. Sudhakar, Chandra Reddy and Magbool Basha and others oversaw the public ballot and people dropped chits indicating their resentment to the hike.