Emulating the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which announced halving of electricity tariffs and provision of free water in Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has provided a similar assurance to the people of the Lolab constituency in Kupwara, Kashmir, where the party has announced its candidate for the state assembly elections.
Though the party denies the report, a statement carried in a section of media says that Abdul Rashid Zargar has been nominated as the party candidate for the Lolab constituency, who, if he wins, would provide electricity at half the current rate, besides free water supply.
However, talking to Hindustan Times, the state prabhari and member of parliament Avinash Rai Khanna has rubbished the claim, saying that since the parliamentary board meeting of the party has been not conducted so far, the information is "fabricated and wrongly circulated in the media".
"Till now, no election list has been provided to the parliamentary board, and the meeting of the board has not been conducted, so no candidate can be announced yet," he added.
The Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha president Ravinder Raina, who is sojourning in Baramullah, has given the information that Abdul Rashid Zargar has been nominated as the party candidate from Lolab.
A report quoted Raina as saying, "If voted to power, the BJP government will cut down the power tariff by half and provide water supply free-of-cost to the people. Good roads, quality education and better health care facilities will also be ensured if the party is voted to power."
However BJP has denied any such claim and has termed it "propaganda raised by some vested interests to
malign the party's image in the state".
Raina has denied the report as "a malicious attempt to dent the image of the party".
"I have seen the report and am working on the mischief conducted by someone on my name," said Raina.
He said he was staying at Baramaullah and touring other districts of Srinagar for an awareness drive over BJP's role in providing good governance in the state, if voted to power.