In an apparent dig at AAP over its poll pledge to reduce power bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wondered how such promises could be made by political parties in states which are dependent on electricity supply from outside.
“During every election, political parties promise free power... People need to think about these promises,” said Modi at a renewable energy conference. “The parties make these promises in such states which rely on electricity supply from other states; he added hinting at Delhi, which has to purchase power from other states.
“Water accounts for a major chunk of the input cost of farmers. The cost of water is basically due to cost of power. We have to understand the problems farmers are facing,” said Modi.
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP trounced the BJP in Delhi assembly polls. The party in its election manifesto had promised to cut electricity bills by half among other freebies. Delhi has a power demand of about 5,000 MW and is largely dependent on other states to meet its requirements.
Reacting to Modi’s apparent dig at AAP, senior party leader and AAP’s Delhi convener Ashutosh urged the Prime Minister to help the state government in making power affordable.“I don’t want to make any adverse comment on the Prime Minister. I just want to make a request to him on behalf of the party that he should help us to make electricity affordable and cheaper because that will do a lot of good to the people of Delhi and I hope that he also wants goodness for the people of the state,” he said.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan, who played a crucial role in chalking out party’s agenda to solve the power problem in the national capital, said the previous governments neither promoted solar energy nor did they have any good policy of any alternate source of energy.