The power situation in the state “was the worst” during the erstwhile government of Samajwadi Party, cabinet minister Suresh Khanna said in Ghaziabad on Thursday.
The minister joked that people then would deliberately name their daughters “Bijli” so they could tell others that electricity was at home in the evening. “During SP rule, people had named their daughters Bijli. When they would come home after playing, they would laugh that power had finally returned,” he told a news conference.
Ministers, MPs and other senior politicians held news conferences across the state to mark four and a half years of the Yogi Adityanath government. They listed out achievements of the government and attacked the opposition. The timing of the events, however, gave rise to speculation that BJP had already sounded its poll bugle — assembly elections in the state are due next year.
Asked about the power tariff that many residents consider high, Khanna saw nothing wrong in it. He said people were paying for good service.
In Noida, too, MP Mahesh Sharma attacked the previous government on electricity. “We are a power-surplus state, but electric supply could have been improved years ago.