Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ensured free electricity to 300 units to the public of Punjab if his party triumphs in the upcoming year’s assembly polls in the state. Kejriwal is on his second tour to Punjab this month to rehearse the base for AAP before the state polls. He had visited Amritsar on June 21.
“This is Kejriwal’s confirmation, not Captain’s promises. As soon as the AAP government is developed, we will assure free power and waive off pending bills of consumers of domestic supply category,” the Delhi chief minister said while aiming at chief minister Amarinder Singh at a press communique in Chandigarh.
He, thus, explained that the confirmation of free power is for domestic consumers with consumption upto 300 units. “If power consumption surpasses 300 units, they will have to pay the bill,” said the AAP chief.
“I am confident these declarations will make everyone, particularly women, in Punjab satisfied,” he added.
Kejriwal was attended by state AAP president Bhagwant Mann, leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly Harpal Singh Cheema, Punjab affairs in-charge and Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh and AAP representative, Punjab affairs co-incharge Raghav Chadha and Ex-IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.
“We have held this in Delhi for six years where people get complimentary power. We will perform in Punjab the same way. Yeh jadoo hai hamein hi karna aata hai (This is the magic only we can do). I have done my evaluations,” said Kejriwal.
Objecting to the Amarinder Singh-driven Congress government, he stated that there is no shortfall of money in Punjab, but it needs a government with acchi neeyat (good intentions).
Kejriwal had spoken about rendering free power on Monday, before coming to Punjab. “In Delhi, we supply 200 units of free electricity to every family. The women are quite content. Women in Punjab are also quite satisfied with inflation. The AAP government will also supply free electricity in Punjab,” he had said in the tweet posted in Gurmukhi.
In the 2017 assembly polls, AAP was a novice but still conquered 20 of the total 117 seats. The Congress developed the government after winning 77. This time, Kejriwal has chosen to fire up his crusade to allow AAP to extend its base to other states.
The dominating Congress too had executed a survey on providing free power to the residents of the state. State officials feel extra subsidy burden on account of free electricity to domestic consumers will not be sustainable.
AAP had made a similar commitment during the election in Delhi last year while seeking to return to power, which was condemned by other parties. The residents had given mixed reactions to the action. The party triumphed in the elections comfortably.