Elections UP: Will BJP offer free electricity to counter SP? : The India Tribune


Vibha Sharma
New Delhi, February 5

All eyes are on the BJP’s election manifesto for Uttar Pradesh, with the party set to make major announcements on “free electricity” to counter rival Samajwadi’s pledge of 300 free units. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who promised 300 units of free electricity to domestic consumers, also said his party would launch a door-to-door campaign to register domestic consumers for the benefit.

The former chief minister also promised free electricity for irrigation purposes. Notably, a similar promise of free electricity by AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal won his party major political advantages in Delhi. Although during the West Bengal elections last year, the BJP’s promise of free electricity of 200 units did not have the desired impact for the party.

Meanwhile, according to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the BJP’s ‘Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra on February 6 will be on the issue of nationalism, development and good governance’. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is also expected to launch the BJP manifesto for Goa in Panaji on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a virtual rally for the state.

Amid the expected exchange of accusations between rivals, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh today denounced the Samajwadi party accusing it of playing ‘appeasement politics’. Addressing an election event in Mathura, he also mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for relying on Chinese media rather than the valor of Indian soldiers.

“Rahul Gandhi spoke about the Sino-Indian clash in the Galwan Valley, believed everything he read and said only three Chinese Jawans had been killed. I would like to clarify, according to an Australian-based newspaper, 38-50 Chinese Jawans were killed, not 2-4. Indian borders are secure,” Singh said.

Yadav who was in Aligarh today claimed that people decided to eliminate the BJP from the first phase itself. Taking a dig at Adityanath, he also called him “Chief Minister of Baba”.

“Farmers had to stage protests for a year to get the Center to withdraw the three farm bills. As elections approached in the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, the BJP repealed black laws,” Yadav said, accusing the BJP of “destroying” them. “The BJP has not yet given an explanation as to why the three agricultural laws were canceled if the party had previously called them beneficial to farmers,” Yadav said, saying there was a ” winds of change” in favor of the coalition led by his party.


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