Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath called an urgent meeting on Tuesday following reports of unscheduled power cuts from different parts of the state. The meeting came just a day after Indore-based Urdu poet and Bollywood lyricist Dr Rahat Indori tweeted about the repeated power cuts during the holy month of Ramzan.
In a series of tweets, Dr Indori wrote: "Shivraj Singh Chouhan had correctly said, now the Congress government here, just arrange an inverter. Aajkal bijli jaana aam ho gaya hai...aaj bhi pichhle teen ghanto se bijli nahi hai...garmi hai-Ramzan bhi hai (now-a-days power cuts have become usual, despite intense heat and ongoing Ramzan)."
He tagged Chief Minister Kamal Nath, state power minister Priyavrat Singh, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and others in his two tweets.
The noted lyricist also mentioned about no one responding to phone calls at the electricity department office in Indore.
The BJP had made the unscheduled power cuts in the Congress-ruled state a major poll issue in the recent Lok Sabha polls, with most of its senior leaders, including former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan having cornered the Kamal Nath-led state government over the issue.
The issue had gained more prominence when Chief Minister Kamal Nath and family members went to vote in the Lok Sabha polls and the simultaneously-held assembly by-poll in the Chhindwara district on April 29. A power cut inside the polling booth meant the room had to be illuminated with help from camera lights.
Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had carried out a lantern procession in Bhopal to highlight the issue.
Miffed over the problem during the polls, Chief Minister Kamal Nath had accused electricity department officials allegedly loyal to the BJP of failing to restore power supply on time.
With the problem persisting even after the Lok Sabha polls along with drinking water-related woes, the Chief Minister has taken serious note of the issue and called an urgent meeting on Tuesday in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh produces more electricity than it uses and has an availability of 18,000 megawatts per day, while the average demand in summer is 9500 megawatts.