Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday cited a media report and called out the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for the death of the farmer in the prison. This farmer was arrested because of the non-payment of a hefty electricity bill. She urged the government to compensate the farmer’s family. She reiterated through her tweet that the things that happened to this farmer are “condemnable”.
Her tweet supporting the farmers, translated to "The UP's BJP government raised electricity prices and farmers are being tortured by putting them in jail in the name of recovery of electricity bill. The incident that happened to a farmer from Budaun, Brijpal. It is condemnable. His family should be compensated, and no farmer should be tortured”.
According to media reports, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) at the start of September approved up to 12% increase in power tariffs for various consumer categories. The older rate for the first 150 units used was ₹4.90 per unit but after the changes, it has been increased by 12% to ₹5.50 per unit.
Priyanka Gandhi, earlier, criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led the Central government for stopping the farmers from entering the national capital to raise their demands. She also tweeted about the same concern. These farmers also marched to Delhi's Kisan Ghat and demanded pending sugarcane dues, loan waivers, and cheap electricity. Barricades were put across the roads in a bid to strengthen the security at the East Delhi's Ghaziapur border to stop the agitating farmers from reaching Delhi.
क्या कारण है कि किसानों को दिल्ली आकर अपनी माँग उठाने से रोक दिया जाता है? भाजपा सरकार अपने प्रचार में तो किसानों की भलाई बताती फिरती है?— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 21, 2019
फिर जब उप्र का किसान कहता है कि उन्हें गन्ने का बकाया चाहिए, कर्जमाफी और बिजली के दाम में कटौती चाहिए तो उन्हें बोलने क्यों नहीं दिया जाता?
Her tweet said, “What is the reason that farmers are being prevented from coming to Delhi and raising their demands? The BJP government, in its campaigns, talks about the welfare of farmers. But when farmers of Uttar Pradesh say they want sugarcane arrears, loan waiver and cut in electricity prices, why are they not allowed to speak?"
(With inputs from ANI)