Delhi

Kejriwal slams BJP, Cong. for calling electricity subsidy an ‘election stunt’

‘They are confused on whether to support or oppose govt.’

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the BJP and Congress were not able to understand whether to support it or to oppose his government’s new electricity subsidy.

“Some of them are calling it an election stunt. They are contesting elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, I challenge them to do a similar ‘election stunt’. Why don’t they take up such stunts?” Mr. Kejriwal said.

Addressing supporters, Mr. Kejriwal said, “Usually after five years of a government’s tenure, there is an anti-incumbency against the government. But for the first time, people have trusted this government and their love has only increased in the last five years. We are trying to live up to their expectations by working 24 hours a day.”

‘Basic right’

He said that his government believed that water and electricity are facilities without which no person can survive. “If someone does not have money then will they not use electricity? Everyone needs a bare minimum amount of electricity to use a fan, light, TV, fridge. This must be a basic right for all. Therefore 200 units have been made free and up to 400 units, there is more than 50% discount on the bill,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the subsidy was possible as the government had been saving a lot of money due to its “integrity and honesty”. “Earlier the other parties would loot this money. We do not loot and do not even allow others to indulge in corruption. With the money we are saving, we are investing in schools, hospitals, making electricity and water free and making transport free for women. These are the five things that must be free to lead a dignified life,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

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