Chandigarh: Former Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who on Friday offered a solution to the unprecedented power crisis in state, allegedly owes over ₹ 8 lakh in pending bill for eight months to the state power utility PSPCL, according to official records.
According to the website of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), electricity charges worth ₹ 8,67,540 of his Amritsar home are yet to be paid, with Friday as the last date for making the payment.
Soon after the Congress leader put out nine tweets suggesting Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to the fix for the power as Punjab reels under unscheduled power cuts, photographs purportedly of his pending electricity bill started making rounds on social media.
According to sources, the cricketer-turned-politician owed more than ₹ 17 lakh since last year. He paid ₹ 10 lakh in March and now his dues have soared to nearly 9 lakh, they said.
Earlier in the day, Sidhu had suggested a law to nullify the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed during the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government.
Mr Sidhu was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government on Thursday had reduced timings of government offices and ordered cut down on power supply to high energy-consuming industries as the electricity demand in the state soared to over 14,000 MW a day.
The electricity shortage has become a major election issue with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party even promising 300 units of free power to every household if the party wins the polls due early next year.