Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Wednesday morning felt the pain of ‘losing power’ literally, as Greater Noida Electricity department disconnected the power supply of her mansion in Badalpur area due to non-payment of arrears.
As per news agency, a bill of Rs 67,000 had not been paid and a Power department spokesman said that the disconnection was done in a “routine exercise”.
However, Mayawati’s family members promptly deposited a sum of Rs 50,000 after which power supply was restored to the house.
A senior Power department official in Lucknow said that there was no politics in the incident. “We are disconnecting power supply wherever bills are pending and this was just one of the cases. Power supply was restored after the arrears were paid.”
Meanwhile in Lucknow, Mayawati attacked the Centre over steep hike in the price of LPG (cooking gas) cylinder and termed it as a “cruel decision” against the poor.
Reacting to the hike of Rs 144.5 per LPG cylinder due to spurt in benchmark global rates of the fuel, the BSP chief said that the move would hit crores of poor and hard working people who were battered by “severe inflation”.
“It would have been better had the Centre worked as a welfare state as embodied in the Constitution,” she tweeted after the price notification of state-owned oil firms.
LPG price was increased to Rs 858.50 per 14.2 kg cylinder from Rs 714 previously, making it the steepest hike in rates since January, 2014 when the prices had gone up by Rs 220 per cylinder to Rs 1,241.