Power Cut Off For Rajnath Singh's Chopper Landing, Then Restored Amid Row

Power supply was restored at Madhya Pradesh's Satna after row over Rajnath Singh's chopper landing

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Power Cut Off For Rajnath Singh's Chopper Landing, Then Restored Amid Row

Villagers protest, power supply restored in Satna villages after 12 hours


Bhopal: 

Highlights

  1. 20 villages at Satna in Madhya Pradesh were without power for 12 hours
  2. Power was cut off for safe landing of Home Minister's helicopter
  3. Power restored at 3 am after villagers protested
Around twenty villages at Satna in Madhya Pradesh were without power for more than 12 hours after the local administration decided to cut off power supply, for the safe landing of Home Minister Rajnath Singh's chopper. Satna is expected to see a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius today.

A notice in the local newspapers on Friday said power supply would be stopped from 4 pm on May 19 to 6 pm on May 20, as two high voltage power lines pass through the area, where the home minister's chopper was scheduled to land.

Power was restored at about 3 am today after villagers protested at the local power supply office. The home minister is now taking a different route to travel to Satna, where he will unveil a statue of Thakur Ranmat Singh, who fought against the British during the mutiny of 1857.

"There is no water, no power in 20 villages...don't know what to do. We have babies at home. Everyone is suffering here, We have tried speaking to people in the local power department office...they said they are helpless," locals had told NDTV.
 
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Notice in Satna newspapers; power supply cut off for Rajnath Singh's visit

This is not the first time common people in Madhya Pradesh were affected due to VIP movement. There was a big controversy in February 2016, when a farmer Suresh Parmer in Sehore, had alleged that he was forced to cut his standing wheat crop by officials who want the area cleared for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally. Parmer, who is the owner of a 15-acre land, claimed he suffered huge losses.

The state's BJP government had denied that it forced the farmer to cut his crop.

"I want to clear all doubts on this. The land where the stage is being constructed has been taken by consent. We have not built the stage on any farmer's land and no instruction has gone to farmers to harvest the crop," said agriculture minister Gauri Shankar Bisen had said.


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