Lucknow: Accusing the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh of Rs.3,000 crore power scam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asked the Lokayukta to conduct a detailed inquiry into the deal. “The state-owned Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited sacrificed lower rate of power from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and other agencies, and made an agreement with five private power companies to purchase 5,000 crore units of power from July 2011 to June 2012 at a much higher rate,” BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said at a press conference here.

“The Mayawati government could have availed the power purchase rate of Rs.1.50-2.20 per unit offered by NTPC and other government agencies, but it preferred private companies, whose rate for power purchase was Rs.4.70 per unit. With this illegal deal, the state government has committed a scam of Rs.3,000 crore in the power sector,” he alleged.

A delegation of BJP on Monday handed over some documents related to the alleged scam to Lokayukta, Justice N.K. Mehrotra.

“He (Mehrotra) has asked for some more documents that would be provided to him within the next two days. The Lokayukta has assured us to take necessary action on our petition,” said Somaiya.

Meanwhile, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the party would undertake a 'Jan Swabhiman Yatra' from Oct 13 to 'expose the corruption in the Mayawati government'.

The BJP also released a 'Ghotala Chalisa' that contains '100 scams of Mayawati government worth Rs.2.54 lakh crore and Rs.4 lakh crore scams of central government'.

(Agencies)