As the Assembly elections approaches in Uttar Pradesh, the political pleasing has also started among the parties as they move forward. Almost every party is trying to gain votes for their benefits and this time the farmers of U.P. have been targeted as they hold the majority votes in the state. To gain their support Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced by tweeting, that a 50% cut in the electricity bills for the farmers will be imposed from the next quota.
The tweet said "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who is committed to the prosperity of farmers has decided to provide a 50 per cent rebate on the present rate of the electricity on their private tube wells”. The new rates of the metered power connection would be Rs 1 per unit (currently Rs 2) and the fixed charge will be reduced to Rs 35 (currently Rs 70). And for the farmers in the Urban areas the charges will reduce to Rs 3 per unit (currently Rs 6) and the fixed charge will be Rs 65 (currently Rs 130). It has been said the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad (UPRVUP) has been demanding free electricity for the 13 lakh farmers of the state. For this they have provided a lot of suggestions to the Power Minister of U.P. Mr. Shrikant Sharma. “The government can provide free power to the farmers just by giving around Rs 2000 crore additional subsidy to the UPPCL in advance as provided under section 65 of the electricity act 2003” they said.
While the BJP has been trying to woo the farmers, other parties are also giving their best to compete by making many promises to the farmers. The Aam Aadmi party in their campaign has promised free electricity for the farmers and free 300 units for the cities of the state. On Sunday he announced "People in Delhi get 24 hours of electricity but the bills at the month end come as zero. Around 35 lakh households in Delhi pay no bill for electricity," he said. "We will implement a similar model in UP." Not far behind Congress has also claimed to offer free 400 units of electricity for the state and Samajwadi Party also offered free 300 units of electricity to the people. "Akhilesh Yadav can only give free Gundaraj in UP," Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP UP election in charge wrote on social media. "During his government he only gave electricity to Saifai and Rampur while the rest of the state was ignored."
Apart from this, Yogi Adityanath while criticizing other governments has said that BJP has kept every promise they have made since 2017 and intend to follow the same for future too. They have launched the feedback campaign “UP No. 1 – Sujhaav Aapke, Sankalp Humara” on Wednesday so that they can include people’s suggestions and feedbacks in their manifesto for 2022 assembly. It is the same exercise which they used in 2017.As the election closes in BJP has said that they are ready to contest the upcoming elections and have no regrets for their tenure.