Punjab News: Congress General Secretary Harish Rawat on Wednesday asked Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to provide relief to the people by reducing the electricity tariff. Reduction in electricity rates is one of the major demands of State Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu. Harish Rawat also said that power purchase rates should be renegotiated with private power companies and the benefit of lower prices should be passed on to the consumers.
Harish Rawat is in charge of Punjab affairs in Congress. He had reached Chandigarh on Tuesday amid the ongoing tussle between the Amarinder Singh and Sidhu factions. He met Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday at his residence in Siswan, Mohali. The meeting lasted for about three hours. After the meeting, Rawat said that he told the Chief Minister that the state government should give some relief to the electricity consumers. He said, “At present we are in the government and electricity consumers should be given some relief.” He also inquired from Amarinder Singh about the progress of the 18-point program given by the party high command.
Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had come to Chandigarh to meet party leaders and listen to their issues. A few days ago, four ministers and several party MLAs raised the flag of rebellion against the chief minister over unfulfilled promises. The Sidhu faction is pressuring Amarinder to act on the 18-point program given by the Congress high command. These included crackdowns in incidents of sacrilege and subsequent police firing, arrests of “big smugglers” of drug rackets and cancellation of power purchase agreements signed with private companies.