Speaking to reporters, Annamalai refuted Power Minister V Senthil Balaji’s accusation that the Center is not supplying enough coal to Tamil Nadu. “The central energy minister said that we have a stock of coal needed for the next 30 days. When that is the case, how come there is a shortage of coal and a power cut? electricity in Tamil Nadu alone?
By the government’s own admission, TN has a stockpile of coal needed for five days, Annamalai said. “However, four units of the Tuticorin thermal power plant are not operational. The government should clarify the reasons,” he said.
Noting that Balaji had estimated Tamil Nadu’s daily coal requirement at 72,000 tons, Annamalai said the state’s coal requirement was much less. “Only if the electricity production in all thermal power plants is above 85%, we will need this amount of coal. But since it is only 57%, the coal requirements would also be less. .
Balaji is using the electricity department to mint money, the BJP leader said. He demanded a white paper on the department’s operation from 2006 to 2022. “TN hasn’t met its solar power generation targets because of corruption within the Electricity Department.”
Annamalai also criticized the Chief Minister, MP Stalin, for blaming the Center for the electricity shortage. “If the Center is blamed for everything that is wrong in Tamil Nadu, then what is the state government doing to address the issues?”
A commission of inquiry should be set up to investigate the reasons for the serious losses suffered by the electricity department, he said.
Annamalai said he had written to Madras High Court and Supreme Court judges not to attend a ceremony attended by Justice Minister Regupathi as he had cases pending against him. He also criticized DMK youth wing leader Udhayanidhi Stalin for saying that opposition leader Edappadi K Palaniswami would use his car but should not drive it to the BJP party office, Kamalalayam. “Udhayanidhi Stalin’s car does not qualify to enter Kamalalayam,” he said.
Recalling the protest against Governor RN Ravi, Annamalai said the law and order situation had deteriorated in Tamil Nadu.