Chandigarh, June 29 (MNN) With Punjab Assembly elections slated to be held early next year, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced his promise of free power up to 300 units per month if his Aam Aadmi Party came to power in the northern state.
“The first thing we will do on coming to power in Punjab is to order free power of 300 units per month for every family in the state and waiving of all pending domestic electricity bills,” he told the media here.
The Delhi Chief Minister also promised 24-hour electricity in Punjab, which he said was AAP’s big financial gift to generate direct savings for the women of Punjab.
Kejriwal clarified that farmers will continue to get free power as per the present system.
He said that 77 to 80 per cent of the families will see a zero power bill when the promise is fulfilled. The money thus saved can be used by women to educate their children and for other facilities for their families, the AAP leader said.
Kejriwal alleged that people were presently getting inflated electricity bills in Punjab, and were asked to pay bribes to settle the payable amounts.
Taking a dig at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, he said that it was ‘Kejriwal’s guarantee’ and not the Congress leader’s promises.
He said that it would take three to four years to set the power system right in Punjab, as he had done in Delhi.
“Punjab produces one of the costliest electricity in the country. In Delhi, we do not produce power but buy it from others. Why is Punjab giving costly power? It is because of the nexus of electricity companies with the government. We have been protesting to ensure cheap power to Punjab residents,” the AAP leader said.
A day earlier, he had said: “It is very difficult for a woman to run her household when prices of commodities are high. In Delhi, we provide 200 units of free electricity to every family. The women are very happy.”
Punjab Assembly elections are slated to be held in February-March 2022. In the 2017 elections, the Congress had won 77 seats, and the AAP had come second with 20 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal 15, BJP three and Lok Insaaf Party two.
At present, the Congress has 80 MLAs, the AAP 16, others 16, SAD 14, BJP 2 and LIP 2. Three seats are vacant at present in the Assembly.