When Cong takes power in UP, looting in the name of electricity bills will end: Priyanka

New Delhi: Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on Saturday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed that people in the BJP-ruled state are "reeling under 'loot' in the form of electricity bills," and promised that this will stop once her party takes power.

"The common people of the state are reeling as a result of the BJP's looting of electricity bills and smart metres. A family working hard to make a living received a notice from the electricity department for a Rs 19 crore 19 lakh electricity bill. When the Congress party forms the government, the looting of electricity bills will come to an end," she tweeted.

A media report claimed that the state's electricity department had handed over a bill of Rs 19,19,09,993 to a labourer, according to the Congress leader. She had earlier chastised the Uttar Pradesh government for ignoring farmers' interests, claiming that there is a 'severe' shortage of fertilisers in the state's Bundelkhand region. The families of four farmers who allegedly became ill and died while waiting in line to buy fertilisers were also met by the Congress general secretary.

Early next year, Uttar Pradesh will hold Assembly elections. In the 2017 UP Assembly elections, the BJP won by a huge margin of 312 seats and received 39.67 percent of the vote in the 403-member Assembly. In the most recent assembly elections in the state, the Samajwadi Party (SP) won 47 seats, the BSP 19, and the Congress seven.

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