New Delhi: BJP on Thursday attacked the Congress for "lack of governance" in the states ruled by the party and warned of public outrage on the streets in case it did not respond to the call of the people. In Maharashtra, she said, there are over 10 hours of power cuts, and farmers are denied power for more than 18 hours. (Agencies)
"It is no more an isolation. The Congress party wherever they are in governance, whether Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, does not seem to be governing. It is only covering up for scandals," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
She said, "we issue a warning that if it does not respond to the call of the people, and especially so where it is having a bearing on industry and agriculture in so many states, the sense of outrage of the people is not going to take too long to come on the streets."
The BJP leader also talked about the power crisis engulfing the southern states due to the "mishandling" of the situation in Andhra Pradesh, which led to closure of power plants in the wake of the Telangana agitation.
"At least six southern states are facing severe power crisis due to this situation," she said.
She also charged the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra with inaction in implementing power generation agreements, which has led to severe power crisis. She estimated a 10,000 MW shortage of power in Andhra Pradesh and 6,000 MW shortage in Maharashtra on Thursday.
The BJP leader added Congress owed an explanation to the people as there was "absence of a committed good governance agenda in Congress-ruled states". PTISitharaman said "lack of governance" and the "misadventurous policies of UPA" are having a bearing in more than one state now.
She said "it reflects very clearly a lack of direction in the Congress party, a lack of control over the states where they are in power, leading to complete lawlessness and no accountability as nobody in the Congress is willing to answer why this neglect. People have voted for you but you have not delivered."
Talking about alleged lawlessness and the continued violence in Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP leader said 21 of the total 42 Congress MLAs were sitting in Delhi for the last four months and of them four are cabinet ministers.
Questioning whether there was any government working in Arunachal Pradesh, BJP demanded these ministers be removed from the cabinet straighaway as they were not attending to their jobs in Arunachal Pradesh.
"It is a sensitive state having international borders and we cannot afford to have that state neglected like this. The Congress party, which is in power in Arunachal, has not given an answer inspite of periodically raising the issue."
Raising the issue of power shortage, she said "Is there any care about this country and its development? Even the Congress' obsession for growth is going to have a very serious
impact if this is how infrastructure-related industries are made to suffer."
"We demand that the Congress party come out and say if this is how they would deal with people who have voted and reposed their trust in them and formed their government. They do not seem to be answerable."
Sitharaman said the BJP demands the Congress to come out and tell as to why there is a neglect of crucial things like power generation in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, affecting more than one states.
"More than seven states of the south have gone without power, and this situation is going to worsen," she claimed.
She said, "Does the Congress understand its implications. States which are agriculturally intensive, industry-wise active are going without power for more than ten hours a day."
The BJP leader alleged that Andhra Pradesh has come to a standstill as "there is absolutely no governance".
Schools are shut and children were losing their academic years; road transport corporation is not operating its buses as drivers are on strike; and the government is hiring temporary drivers to run buses resulting in accidents, she said.
"Andhra Pradesh government is doing nothing about it," she said.
New Delhi: BJP on Thursday attacked the Congress for "lack of governance" in the states ruled by the party and warned of public outrage on the streets in case it did not respond to the call of the people.
In Maharashtra, she said, there are over 10 hours of power cuts, and farmers are denied power for more than 18 hours.