AURANGABAD: Union minister of state for power Piyush Goyal on Sunday said he was completely in the dark about the Centre’s plan to carry out 100% rural electrification in 1,000 days, before Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally announced it during his Independence Day speech last year.

“Like any other person present at the Red Fort, I heard it for the first time when the prime minister announced the 1,000-day target. I was surprised for a moment, but after all, he (Modi) is known for setting such aggressive targets and this is how things are achieved in an effective way,” the minister said. Read more