Yogi’s power sector privatisation plan facing opposition in own backyard

After facing stiff resistance of the opposition parties and power employees over the proposed privatisation of power distribution in the urban areas of Uttar Pradesh, chief minister is now facing the disapproval in his own backyard with ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders also joining the chorus.

Several policymakers have written to Adityanath seeking scrapping of the privatisation plan. Lucknow Member of Parliament (MP) Kaushal Kishore has written to Adityanath saying the sole motive of the private companies was to earn profit and they could never replace public sector undertakings. Therefore, the government should reconsider its decision on privatisation.

The proposal to privatise power distribution franchisee in Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Moradabad has so far met with stiff opposition of the powermen, who had recently boycotted work and also announced to proceed on a 72 hour work boycott on April 9 if the government failed to roll back its decision.

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