Irked by Power Crisis in Kadur, MLA Datta Threatens to Quit

Bengaluru: Y S V Datta, MLA from Kadur in Chikkamagaluru district, coming from the background of teaching profession, is known as a cool and suave person, with practically no enemies.

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But, to everyone’s surprise, he created a stir in the state legislative assembly on Thursday, alleging that just because he hailed from Janata Dal (S), his constituency was being starved of power supply.

He said that his constituency came under the jurisdiction of both HESCOM and CHESCOM. He levelled a serious charge that the power supply from Hiriyur in Chitradurga, meant to be supplied to Kadur, was being diverted because he belonged to another party. He implied that the people of Kadur were being punished for having elected a non-Congress MLA.

He complained that the people of his constituency had been calling him and questioning him in abusive language, besides circulating derogatory messages on social media.

Overwhelmed by emotions at one stage, Datta went to the extent of threatening to resign his seat.

Energy minister D K Shivakumar responded by saying that in order to meet with the shortage via Hiriyur, a new 110 kV substation would be set up in Kadur. He promised to convene a meeting of the officials in the presence of Datta within a week, with a view to solving the problem.

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