Chandigarh: Yesterday, the Punjab government has increased the electricity rates in the state. However, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had assured the people that free electricity will continue up to 600 units. Electricity rates have been increased by 56 paise per unit.
After this decision of the Punjab government, the opposition parties started to surround the government. Meanwhile, former president of Punjab Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu took a sharp aim at the Hon’ble government over this matter.
He raised questions about the increase in electricity prices and said that the value of the votes cast by the people of Jalandhar was reduced by the Punjab government in a few hours by making electricity expensive.
He said that the government is saying that the government will give money for the increase in electricity rates, but the question is where and how will the government give it, where will the money come from?
When the previous government left, the debt was 2,81,772.64 (2.82 lakh) crores, in the government of Bhagwant Mann, it became 3,12,758 crores in one year 22-23 and according to this, it is estimated that the debt will be 347542 crores this year. According to this, instead of reducing the debt during this government, it will increase to five lakh crores.
Kang’s response to Sidhu’s statement
On the other hand, the Punjab government also responded to this statement of Navjot Sidhu in harsh words. Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang responded to Sidhu’s statement in a tweet and said that Sidhu Sahib, your Congress government has left a debt of ₹2.73 lakh crore on the heads of Punjabis, the annual interest of which is about ₹20,000. Crore is made. Last year, Maan Sahab’s government not only returned 20100 crore interest, 15946 thousand crore principal, but also cleared PSPCL’s subsidy bill of 20200 crore.
Sidhu Sahib, your Congress government has left a debt of ₹2.73 lakh crore on the heads of Punjabis, the annual interest of which is about 20 thousand crores.
Last year, Maan Sahib’s government not only returned 20100 crore interest, 15946 thousand crore principal, but also PSPCL’s subsidy of 20200 crore… https://t.co/Hc0AwqDHVt
— Malvinder Singh Kang (@KangMalvinder) May 15, 2023
Kang said that about 90% of the households in Punjab have zero electricity bills since July last year. Where and how the money will come, ask Rahul Gandhiji who has announced to give 200 units free in Himachal and Karnataka. By the way, it has been almost five months since your government was formed in Himachal, people are still waiting for two hundred units free.