By Ashok T. Jainsinghani
It is not surprising that India is set to lose the arbitration case in London against General Electric Co. and Bechtel, the successors of Enron, in the Dabhol Power Project case. India might have to pay claims of about $6 billion. The extremely corrupt and greedy political leaders of India have plotted and prepared the grounds for deliberately losing the arbitration case. The multinational companies (MNCs) which were partners of the infamous Enron, and now the successors of Enron, can thus be made to win their bogus case against India.
Indian politicians and bureaucrats can then collect their big bribes of millions of dollars from these MNCs, and secretly deposit the amounts in foreign banks, which can be used by them, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
If our treacherous leaders have already decided the fate of the Dabhol arbitration case, the people of India, especially the people in Maharashtra, may have to pay a huge price for the great fraud. Should we now get ready to pay Rs 8 to Rs 10 per unit of electricity? The urban consumers of electricity in Maharashtra may have no other choice but to get prepared for paying the extortionist rates for electricity so that the corrupt politicians can continue to fill their pockets with huge bribes.
Greatest hoax of free electricity to nowhere.
The supply of free electricity to farmers in Maharashtra is only another ruse for the corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, rich farmers and industrialists to steal electricity for running their own big farms, pleasure houses and factories in rural areas. Free electricity is only used by the corrupt political leaders, bureaucrats and their henchmen. It is daylight robbery on a massive scale.
Where are the powerlines to supply free electricity to millions of poor farmers living in darkness in the thousands of villages in Maharashtra? Most of the farmers do not have electric supply lines reaching their distant farms, so how can they get free electricity?
From where will the extra electricity come when there is a severe shortage of it? Electricity just cannot reach the plots of poor farmers because enough of it is not available for all of them in rural areas. No new powerlines can be installed for supplying electricity when massive losses are suffered by MSEB due to electricity being freely and openly stolen by politicians, bureaucrats and their henchmen. From where will the money come for building the infrastructure?
The major political parties think they would win the next assembly elections in Maharashtra with the help of gimmicks like offering free electricity to farmers and other financial jugglery. They should wait for the backlash of the enraged urban voters.
Will the urban voters prepare themselves to pay Rs 8 to Rs 10 per unit of electricity, in these days of high unemployment and recession continuing for three years in a row, to compensate the MSEB for the supply of free electricity to the farmers? In the coming assembly elections, the massive electoral shocks resulting from the backlash of disillusioned urban voters will stun both the ruling Congress alliance as well as the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. The smaller parties are all set to make big electoral gains at the cost of the two alliances.
(The writer is a editor & publisher; and can be contacted at [email protected] )