CM ‘wields’ induction cooker, EC takes note
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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal's latest poll weapon — the induction cooker — is not just enabling him to hit out directly at the Congress-led UPA government over the recently introduced cap on LPG cylinders, but is also creating probably the greatest buzz in the run up to the November 4 Assembly polls in this hill state. In the process, it also appears to be raising the hackles of the Election Commission.
Dhumal, currently racing against the clock in wrapping up public meetings in his own constituency, Hamirpur, is using the induction cooker to enormous effect. Within the first couple of minutes of speech, at meeting after meeting, Dhumal invariably talks of how the "Congress has increased your woes by imposing a cap on gas cylinders and hiking their prices". And, as if on cue, is handed a lightweight induction cooker by an aide who follows the leader at all meetings, carrying the appliance.
"This is an induction cooker. It runs on electricity and not LPG. You can cook two meals in a matter of a couple of minutes. The Congress is going to give you LPG cylinders for Rs 1,000 each...this will cook two meals for you in two units of electricity. We will help you run your kitchens for Rs 150 per month," he tells a cheering crowd at Gauta village.
Having secured his audience's attention, Dhumal then drives home the promise. "Our government will provide this cooker free of cost, first to the poorest of poor and subsequently to all," he tells the gathering.
"We can't give you LPG cylinders... they are given by the central government in Delhi. But will give you these induction cookers, which run on electricity and will give the greatest relief to your kitchens," he tells a roaring crowd at Mair village.
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