Abhishek Banerjee Warns of LPG Cylinder Price Surge if BJP Wins 2024 Elections
Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday urged people not to vote for the BJP in next year’s Lok Sabha polls, claiming that the cost of one LPG cylinder will rise to Rs 3,000 if the saffron party wins. Banerjee asserted that if the opposition bloc INDIA comes to power in 2024, a cylinder would be priced at just Rs 500.
“Do not cast a single vote for the BJP in 2024. If it wins the elections, the price of one gas cylinder will be hiked to Rs 3,000. However, if INDIA comes to power, the price will be slashed to Rs 500. This is our promise to you. We do not forget our promises,” he said, speaking at a rally ahead of the Dhupguri by-poll in Jalpaiguri district on September 5.
The central government had recently reduced the price of an LPG cylinder by Rs 200. A 14.2-kg cylinder in Kolkata earlier cost Rs 1,129.
“I will urge you to vote for our candidate and ensure that the BJP nominee is defeated (in the poll) by a huge margin, so that he does not come out of his home. You will have to make the party understand the power of the common people and the EVM,” the Diamond Harbour MP said.
Banerjee also assured the locals of making Dhupguri a sub-division within three months. “We will make Dhupguri a sub-division. I will speak to the CM (Mamata Banerjee) in this regard,” he said. A sub-division is an administrative unit below the district level and above the block level, and is administered by a sub-divisional officer (SDO). West Bengal has 69 subdivisions.
Meanwhile, reacting to Banerjee’s claims, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari told reporters that the TMC leader should first explain to people why wages of anganwadi and ASHA workers and those of contractual Group D casual staff are “so low” in the state. “And why do state government employees have to sit in the open for months to demand higher DA (dearness allowance) at par with the Centre?” Adhikari said.
BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya added: “The TMC and Abhishek Banerjee have no love and respect for the Constitution and democratic procedures. Otherwise, he would not have made such promises in poll-bound Dhupguri.”
(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)
- Abhishek Banerjee
- Lok Sabha polls
- LPG cylinder prices
- Dhupguri by-poll
- Jalpaiguri district
- Central government
- Diamond Harbour MP
- Dhupguri sub-division
- West Bengal
- Suvendu Adhikari
- Anganwadi workers
- ASHA workers
- Contractual Group D staff
- Dearness allowance
- Samik Bhattacharya
- Democratic procedures
- Poll-bound Dhupguri