Biggest Power Blackout in India: Narendra Modi slams PM

Biggest Power Blackout in India: Narendra Modi slams PM

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Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 17:49 [IST]

Manmohan and Narendra Modi
Bangalore, Jul 31: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Jul 31 criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the biggest power failure in the country.

Criticising the PM over their "collision dharma", Modi tweeted, Pradhan Mantri ji, 60 cr people & 19 states are in darkness. Country wants to know is there any coalition dharma you are following here too?"

Slamming UPA 2 government, the Gujarat CM also stated, "With poor economic management UPA has emptied pockets of common man; kept stomachs hungry with inflation & today pushed them into darkness!"

Almost 600 million people, more than half the country's population, faced severe hardship when the northern and eastern power grids collapsed simultaneously just after 1 pm on Tuesday.

Reports say that the collapse was triggered by four states withdrawing power from the northern grid at the same time.

As many as 19 states - Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam and Sikkim - were consequently affected by the world's biggest-ever blackout.

Nearly 500 trains were left stranded on the tracks while thousands of patients sweated it out in hospitals across north and east India.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee even declared a holiday in her state to enable professionals and workers to reach their homes as soon as possible. Incidentally, the Kolkata Metro was not impacted by the power outage since a private company supplies electricity for it.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 17:14 [IST]