Chidambaram, who is a star campaigner of the Congress for the polls, said he can sense the desire for change in the state. File photo

'Totally unprepared': Chidambaram attacks Centre over power crisis

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday (April 30) hit out at the Union government over the issue of coal shortage at thermal plants which has resulted in a major power crisis across the country.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram, a former Union minister, also made sarcastic comments against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.

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“Abundant coal, large rail network, unutilised capacity in thermal plants. Yet, there is acute power shortage. Modi Government cannot be blamed. It is because of 60 years of Congress rule!” Chidambaram said.

“There is no incompetence in the Ministries of Coal, Railway or Power. The blame lies with past Congress ministers of the said departments!” the former Finance Minister added.

With coal shortages at thermal plants, the Indian Railways had cancelled passenger trains for the movement of coal carriages. He mocked this as the “perfect solution” and said “if Modi is there, it is possible”.

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“Government has found the perfect solution: cancel passenger trains and run coal rakes! Modi hai, mumkin hai,” he tweeted.

Further, Chidambaram said the Modi government was “inventing” excuses to hide their “monumental incompetence”.

“The Ministries of Coal, Railway and Power are desperately inventing excuses to hide their monumental incompetence. If they believed the yarn that we were witnessing a V-shaped recovery, they would have stepped up coal production and coal imports,” he said.

“Despite the absence of a V-shaped recovery, and only a recovery in fits and starts, the Government is totally unprepared to tackle the coal-rail-power crisis. As shortages persist and inflation rises, please brace for more hardships,” he added.

With the heatwave sweeping through the country and various states reeling under power shortages, the opposition parties have blamed the Centre for the current situation.

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