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AAP calls Punjab govt's decision to slash power tariff a 'poll stunt', 'chunavi jumla'

New Delhi, November 1

The Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) on Monday dubbed Punjab authorities’s determination to scale back energy tariff as “a ballot stunt”, alleging that the transfer is geared toward “shopping for” votes within the runup to the meeting elections early subsequent yr.

Addressing a press convention on the celebration headquarters right here, co-convenor of the AAP’s political affairs in Punjab, Raghav Chadha, additionally cautioned individuals of the state towards falling within the lure of the Congress authorities below Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

Diwali present: Energy tariff slashed by Rs 3 per unit in Punjab

He alleged that the Punjab authorities has slashed the facility tariff only a few months forward of the polls solely to “cover-up” its failures on varied fronts previously 4 and half years of its time period and safe votes by “deceptive and fooling” them.

The AAP chief additionally mocked the Punjab chief minister over the slashing of energy tariff, saying the choice was taken as Channi was “afraid of” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s promise of offering free and uninterrupted electrical energy to the individuals of Punjab.

This got here quickly after the Punjab Cupboard determined to slash energy tariff by Rs 3 per unit for home shoppers. Saying the choice, the chief minister mentioned it was “an enormous Diwali present” to the individuals of the state.

“It is a chunavi stunt (ballot stunt) and a jumla (rhetoric) by Channi Sahab forward of meeting elections in February-March subsequent yr. Choice to slash the facility tariff has been taken with intent to idiot individuals and safe their votes,” Chadha charged.

He mentioned the Punjab chief minister’s “ballot stunt” will likely be over by the tip of the present fiscal because the revised energy tariff will stay efficient solely until March 31, 2022.

“I need to warning individuals of Punjab that they need to not fall within the lure of the ‘chunavi stunt’ and ‘chunavi jumla’ of Channi sahab. He’s doing it as a result of he needs to purchase your votes,” Chadha mentioned.

The AAP chief mentioned the Congress authorities has slashed the facility tariff “to lure voters” within the run as much as the meeting polls as “Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was afraid of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s promise of offering free and uninterrupted electrical energy to individuals (if voted to energy).” “It is solely Kejriwal who can present 24X7 free electrical energy to individuals,” he added.

Coaching weapons on the Congress, Chadha mentioned energy tariff was the “highest” in Punjab however no aid was given to the individuals of the state by the federal government till thus far.

Questioning the motive of the Punjab authorities behind the choice at this time limit, he additionally requested why energy tariff has not been lowered concurrently in different Congress-ruled states.

“If it was there within the Congress imaginative and prescient to supply electrical energy to individuals at a less expensive charge, it will have completed so in all of the states dominated by it the place elections aren’t due subsequent yr,” he mentioned.

Chadha alleged that the Congress authorities has been deceptive individuals in Punjab with its “lies and false guarantees” for the previous 4 and a half years.

The individuals of Punjab are actually prepared to offer their mandate to the AAP within the upcoming meeting elections, he asserted.

“Capt Amarinder Singh (former Punjab chief minister) had launched a marketing campaign for farmers mortgage waiver. He didn’t waive the mortgage of the farmer with whom he had posed for an image…Congress solely is aware of fraud, dishonest and loot,” he charged.

Punjab’s meeting elections are due early subsequent yr. — PTI

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