- Aam Aadmi Party promises to provide free electricity if government is formed in Punjab
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made this announcement in a press conference held in Chandigarh.
- He said that every family of Punjab would be given free electricity up to 300 units every month.
- He also told the reason for giving 200 units free electricity to Punjab and 200 units in Delhi.
Desperate to come to power in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has started wooing the public before the assembly elections. In this sequence, the convener of the party and the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind kejriwal has thrown the first dice. In a press conference in Chandigarh, he said that if his government is formed in Punjab, every family will be given free electricity up to 300 units per month. However, in Delhi, the Kejriwal government is giving 200 units of electricity free of cost per month. In such a situation, the question arises that why 200 units are free in Delhi and 300 units in Punjab?
Trying to win Punjab by Delhi’s formula
Kejriwal himself said in the press conference that this question can arise in anyone’s mind. He told the journalists present there that you too will definitely ask why the promise of giving 100 units more electricity per month in Punjab than in Delhi? He said, ‘We have a structure in Delhi – up to 200 units we give free. 200 to 400 units at half the rate. We made it 300 units here. Up to 300 units of electricity will be given free of cost to every family in Punjab.
Why 200 units in Delhi and 300 units free in Punjab?
Kejriwal said that he has not made an election promise of providing free electricity to the people of Punjab, but has given it a guarantee. He said that up to 80% of the families of Punjab would not get the bill due to the scheme of free electricity. He said, “We estimate that 77 to 80% of the households in Punjab will have zero electricity bills. Electricity bill of 73% of the households in Delhi is zero. Electricity will come, 24 hours electricity will come, bill will not come. Along with this, he said that those whose electricity bills are due, they will also be given relief. Kejriwal said that those who have electricity dues will be pardoned as soon as their government is formed as they have been sent wrongly bills.
Another promise of Kejriwal
He said, ‘If our government is formed in Punjab, you will get free electricity up to 300 units, old domestic bills will be waived and 24 hours electricity will be available in Punjab. As soon as our government is formed, up to 300 units of electricity will be free from the first pen and old domestic bills will be waived off. Kejriwal said that his government will ensure that the people of Punjab get 24 hours electricity. “But it will take us 3-4 years to provide 24 hours electricity,” he said.
Serious allegations against Punjab government
The Delhi Chief Minister alleged that there is a nexus between the government and the power companies in Punjab, due to which the common people are bearing the brunt. He questioned, ‘Almost the most expensive electricity in the entire country is available in Punjab, while electricity is generated in Punjab, yet why is the most expensive electricity available in Punjab?’ “This is because there is a dirty nexus between the power company and the government power in Punjab,” Kejriwal said.
Assembly elections will be held next year
Keep in mind that assembly elections are going to be held in Punjab next year. The Akali Dal has broken the alliance with the BJP over the issue of three new agricultural laws. On the other hand, the Congress party, which is in power, is facing the wrath of internal strife. On the one hand, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has the ability to carry forward the election caravan on his own and on the other hand Navjot Singh Sidhu has opened a front against him. Due to the upheaval in the Congress camp and the break-up of the Akali-BJP alliance, the Aam Aadmi Party is seeing a big opportunity in Punjab.
Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference in Chandigarh.