Where has the plan to produce electricity gone  

Nawal K Pandey


Agitation is the right of democratic people everywhere. Kahalgaon's story is no different. What is different is the killing of people to quell genuine demand and usurpation of the incident for political purposes. I am sure, the Nitish Government would bring culprits to justice.

However, for Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadaw to question where has the plan to produce electricity gone is similar to asking why Bihar was suffering from malaise during his administration. Let us face it, during two decades of their rule, neither Mr. Yadaw nor his wife  ever  produced a serious proposals to make Bihar energy producing State. Since electricity was  unnecessary for the development of Bihar for them, they consciously and knowingly neglected the power sector to keep Bihar in the dark ages.

It is no surprise that the absence of electricity became the way of life in Bihar. In certain areas where the poles were erected  and wires pulled during the Congress regime, the administration of Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadaw abandoned them. Fallen Poles and stolen wires stand  monuments of the inefficiency of the duos administration although, in the name electrification, they  spent huge amount of money on paper for maintenance and new work. Who got the money is not known but it is obvious that money was taken out of treasury like it was siphoned off for other projects of their regime.

In the Chara Ghotala scam, both the chara and animals were fictitious. In the same manner, if electricity existed during Laloo- Rabri regime, it existed on paper in the nonexistent power plants,  not in the homes and industries of the people of Bihar.

Except for scattered brains, people know that the electricity can not be produced without power plants; and to install power plants  requires strategy and substantial capital investment. In spite of fiscal and technological constraints what was not possible during two decades of Laloo- Rabri regime,  the present administration is striving to achieve it in two years. They deserve congratulations, not frivolous criticism.    
Mr. Yadaw! it is disingenuous and incoherent to blame the present administration  for your  neglect and mismanagement.  Sir, you gave Bihar many things, such as, you gave us Charwaha Vidyalayas, a criminal empire and a corrupt administration; but, you can not claim that you gave Bihar power generating capacity.You were satisfied that your bungalow got the electricity.  who else suffered was not your concern.
Do what you are doing in the Central government. Scare the hell out of Dr. Man Mohan Singh. Tell him that he will loose the position of the Prime Minister without your support. Cajole the UPA to keep your prominence.  But, please do not meddle in the smooth working of Bihar. You had your opportunity but you squandered it. Let Nitish Kumar do his work. He is trying to serve the masses diligently and honestly. Voice your concern as a responsible politician, not like a demagogue. You could have done more than any of the previous Chief Ministers because you really had the overwhelming mandate of the people.  Perhaps the power intoxicated you and the Goddess of corruption overwhelmed you. Instead of the progress of Bihar, you chose dereliction of duty as the hallmark of your administration. If you really care for Bihar, even if you do not wish to help solve problems facing the State, please do not use your power to ignite the flame of division and resentment.





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