‘Will make electricity cheaper, maybe even free in UP’

KANPUR: Addressing a rally in Kannauj on Wednesday, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying “when it could not get a substation built, it made electricity expensive”.
“If our government is formed, electricity will be made cheaper… maybe we even make electricity free. It will be included in our manifesto,” said Yadav.
He also attacked the BJP government regarding the rise in the number of deaths of “sadhus” (saints).
“Around 40 sadhus have been killed by the Yogi government. Now, when sadhus are not safe under Yogi’s government, then the condition of law and order in the state can be understood,” he said.
He alleged that the crime rate in the state is rising. “But, our chief minister is a step ahead on the matter of crime and lies. He does not have information on the NCRB data. The highest number of crimes against women is committed in the state,” he said.
Yadav also promised to go in for the caste census in the state and jobs to youths if voted to power.
“The BJP-led Central government is feeling shy of conducting caste census in the country, as it fears that it will lead to the backward classes of people demanding their rights and due respect,” he said and added, “This is the major demand of backwards and Dalits.”
He said, “If our party is voted to power in the 2022 assembly polls, We will ensure that backwards get their rights.”
He also said that veteran SP leader Azam Khan is being kept in jail in false cases.
“Maximum custodial deaths in the state have occurred during the present BJP regime,” he added.
“The CM visits his home district Gorakhpur regularly but crime is rising there,” he alleged, adding that police beat up a Kanpur businessman visiting there to death.
He also questioned the BJP on the Covid vaccination drive. “Why do the vaccination certificates not carry the photograph of the national flag?”, asked the SP chief.
He said the government should withdraw three farm laws as it would help business houses take away farmers’ land.
“In the 2022 assembly polls, farmers will teach them (BJP) a lesson,” he said adding “We do not want to give the account of SP’s work. Now you tell me why to compare with those who did not work at all. Tell which farmer’s income has been doubled.”
He said that BJP lies every moment. “Recently, the PM went to America and said that democracy is alive in India. Now tell me, was democracy alive in the election of block chief, zila panchayat?” Police and DM looted the election of block head and district panchayat, he alleged.
Yadav also said that the SP will form an alliance with all regional parties in the upcoming elections. “Roads have been opened for all parties. Will fight elections against BJP with full force and strategy,” he said.
Earlier, Akhilesh unveiled the statue at Kaptan Singh Degree College, in Kannauj’s Saraiprayag.

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