Yogi Adityanathji powerless in front of sugar mills: Arvind Kejriwal

Addressing his first farmers’ mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejrwal on Sunday said that UP CM Yogi Adityanath was “powerless” in front of the sugar mills that owed close to Rs 18,000 crore to sugarcane farmers, especially those belonging to west UP.

Kejriwal also criticised the BJP-led Union government for its “cruel treatment” of farmers and questioned it on its claims that MSP will never be removed. The AAP leader alleged that the Red Fort incident on Republic Day was orchestrated by BJP.

“There are three power companies in Delhi. Before elections, I had promised free and unhindered electricity supply. I was told not to make such lofty promises and mess with these companies as they were powerful and had strong connections… I have brought them on the right track… They don’t utter a word now. Earlier, there were 7-8 hours of power cuts in Delhi and bills worth Rs 20,000 were issued. Now, there is 24 hours of electricity and zero bill. And these sugar mills are in fact smaller companies. I want to ask Yogi ji why is he powerless in front of them,” Kejriwal said at the mahapanchayat, which was held to extend support to farmers protesting against the farm laws. The rally is significant as AAP is planning to field candidates in the next year’s assembly elections. It’s gearing up to test political waters in the upcoming local body polls.

“The day a government with good intention comes to power, your account will be credited with the due amount the moment you supply your sugarcane. The difference is only of intent,” he said. Kejriwal also slammed the Yogi government for charging farmers for tubewells.

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