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The PM has appealed to the millions of people in the states of UP, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi that were plunged into darkness due to the collapse of the northern grid to ‘not get frustrated about being powerless and take it in their stride.’
“I’ve not experienced any power for 8 years. So what’s the big deal if people don’t have power for a few hours? It is a symptom of coalition dharma and these things happen in a democracy,” remarked Dr. Singh, while reviewing the situation. “Yeah, electricity was restored in 7, Race Course Road within a few minutes based on hydel power from Bhutan but let me assure you that 10, Janpath continues to remain the real power center of the country,” he hastened to add.
The PM went on to reveal that he did not lose any sleep over the outage. “Shinde rang up at 4:30 AM to inform that we have no power. I told him to tell me something I didn’t know and promptly disconnected to go back to sleep,” disclosed Dr. Singh.
The PM’s sentiments were also shared by Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar, although for slightly differing reasons. “Oh, only after logging on to Twitter I realized that there was a huge failure in the northern grid and that many states had been without electricity for hours. You see, in Bihar this happens everyday, so I don’t think Bihar was impacted as such although it also draws power from the Northern Grid. Er…am I supposed to get worked up over it?” asked Mr. Kumar, when informed about the incident.
Meanwhile, Power Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde highlighted positives from the incident. “For a few hours, we managed to achieve parity between Bharat and India. That is indeed a great achievement,” he said.
(Based on a tweet by Bibek Debroy)