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UDP seeks minister’s resignation

Shillong, April 28: The Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has demanded the resignation of Meghalaya power minister Clement Marak. The ongoing power regulation in the state has left the citizens in the dark for hours on end while demanding a probe into the escalating cost of the Myntdu-Leshka hydel project.

On the eve of its sit-in near the state secretariat to protest against the ongoing power regulation, the UDP asked Marak to step down from office because of the failure of the government and the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) to alleviate the woes of consumers in the heat.

“The power minister has to step down and we will not accept any justification on the failure to provide uninterrupted power supply,” UDP legislator Jemino Mawthoh said. He also termed the current loadshedding as “unprecedented and unacceptable”.

Mawthoh also wondered why the corporation failed to tide the current situation when consumers regularly pay their dues.

“Why should the consumers suffer? The government should have planned from the beginning to ensure that the consumers remain unaffected,” he said.

At the same time, the legislator reiterated the UDP demand for a probe into the escalating cost of the Myntdu-Leshka hydel project. The original cost of the project was a little more than Rs 300 crore. However, the cost escalated to around Rs 1,173 crore till the completion of the project.

“We want a probe into the project as the cost escalation is excessive. We also want to know about the fate of the power projects, which were signed since 2007,” the legislator said.

Moreover, he wondered whether the government would bear the loss incurred by the citizens in view of the loadshedding.

“The government had filed a damages suit against the pro-ILP pressure groups. It had also said agitation led by pressure groups lead to disruption of normal life. What about the current load shedding? Is normal life not being disrupted? Will the government bear the losses faced by the people?” Mawthoh asked.