Arvind Kejriwal announces 200 units of free electricity for all in Punjab if AAP wins
Manjil Das, INN/Chennai
In the run-up to the Punjab assembly election next year, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pledged free power in the state if his Aam Aadmi Party wins.
Punjab’s assembly elections are set to take place in February or March of next year.
The Delhi chief minister, on the other hand, stated that he would provide further information on his visit to Chandigarh on Tuesday.
The declaration, which he made on Twitter, comes amid efforts by the state’s ruling Congress party to provide 200 units of free energy to all households, a critical pledge made before the previous Assembly elections that the party’s high leadership now wants to be delivered in a timely way.
Kejriwal said that the rate of electricity in Punjab is quite high even though the state produces its own power. Punjab generates surplus electricity but has hours-long power cuts across the state, he said and alleged that it was because there was a nexus between the state government, led by the Congress, and power companies.
By giving 300 units of free electricity, around 77%-80% of the population in Punjab will have zero electricity bill, he said. Kejriwal alleged that many people in Punjab get inflated electricity bills. If his party is elected to power in Punjab, the Delhi chief minister says his administration will promptly waive arrears and provide free electricity. However, according to Kejriwal, ensuring 24-hour electricity will take time.
He said that it took his government 2.5 years to develop and strengthen the city’s infrastructure after coming to power in Delhi. According to Kejriwal, implementing the same in Punjab will take 3-4 years.
The Aam Aadmi Party also ran in the Punjab Assembly elections in 2017. It had won a total of 20 seats. The party hopes to acquire more traction in the state.