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Why is Maharashtra buying costlier electricity from private firms, asks BJP

Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 10:43pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

BJP leader and leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Vinod Tawde on Saturday said the state government should have sought electricity from the central grid in the face of power shortage.

"I spoke to the Union Coal Minister and he is ready to provide electricity as per the state's needs. But according to the rules, the state has to request the Centre, which it has not done yet," he told reporters in Mumbai.

About Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's statement that the state was looking to buy electricity from private companies, Tawde said, "If the central government is ready to provide electricity, why does the state need to go to private companies?

"Taking electricity from private companies means shelling out more money. Why does the state want to purchase electricity at a higher cost remains a question," he said.

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