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Kiran Raises Collar, As PM Restores Gas To AP

At a time when union petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy was receiving brickbats from all sides including from his own Congress party leaders, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy achieved a big success on Tuesday when Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh restored the supply of its due share of natural gas in KG basin to Andhra Pradesh.
According to a communiqué received by the Chief Minister’s Office from the PMO, the Prime Minister has ordered the petroleum and natural gas ministry to stop supply of 2.5 million standard cubic metres per day of natural gas to Dabhol power plant in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and restore the same to Andhra Pradesh. This would significantly improve the power generation by gas-based power plants in the state and would bring down power crisis in the state. The gas was earlier diverted to Ratnagiri plant at the behest of union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, a few days before he relinquished power ministry.
All said and done, it is a big achievement for Kiran who had a meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday to explain the situation. This would naturally leave Jaipal Reddy red-faced as he miserably failed to protect the interests of the state. He, however, tried to cover up the failure stating that it was he who had advised Kiran to meet the PM to resolve the crisis.


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