As the demand for power has peaked in Punjab, resulting in power cuts, and the new Power Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu remaining incommunicado, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has called an emergency meeting to review the situation.
In the last few days, while farmer and consumers have been protesting against power cuts, Sidhu is yet to assume the charge of power and non-renewable energy sources. The Opposition parties have made the power cuts an issue, mainly in the face of Sidhu’s absence.
Sources said though the Chief Minister had been monitoring the situation over the last few weeks, Wednesday’s meeting had been called to review the power situation and progress of other works.
There is no official word regarding the charge of the power department being given to some other minister. Cabinet ministers Brahm Mohindra and Tript Rajinder Bajwa have already advised Sidhu to assume the charge even as AAP and the SAD are linking the power situation to Sidhu’s absence.