Mar 252013

New Delhi, Mar. 24 (ANI): ¬†Addressing a news conference here on the second day of his indefinite hunger strike against inflated power and water bills being sent to citizens of the capital, Kejriwal said that when Delhi’s Lt. Governor Tejinder Khanna was stating that electricity companies in the city had earned a profit of Rs.30, 000 crores, how could the Dikshit-led government maintain there was a need to increase power and water tariff from time to time to overcome losses.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday questioned the Delhi Government of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit about the figures being projected about the use and rising costs of electricity in the national capital.

Kejriwal said: “Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna has said electricity companies are in profit to the tune of 30,000 crores. She (Sheila Dikshit) should cancel their licenses if they have defrauded the citizens. Investigation proves that they have purchased Rs. 5000 crore worth of electricity. Delhi needs only Rs.2.5 crore worth of electricity. Then, what is the need for the rest of it?

“We will get them (electricity companies) audited, and if they won’t agree, we will get their licenses cancelled. I request all people to take forms from here and ask others to fill forms in our support. We are doing this for the betterment of society. We will go to the villages first, and then, we will go to other areas,” Kejriwal added.

The AAP leader said that he was completely fit and fine at the end of the second day of his fast, and expressed his gratitude to Dr. Vinod Sharma, who he said, has been a constant support to him during this fast.

“We will not just sit here. We will sit here only in the evenings so that the work does not stop. If someone wants to discuss something important, then you can come inside and talk to me. We have to do a long protest,” said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal said that he has decided to go to everyone’s home to convince people of all walks of life to join in a national campaign for a better life for themselves.

“If you won’t support us, you will have to spend your entire life paying bills. If you won’t stop paying the bills, she will increase the rates further,” he warned.

On Saturday, Kejriwal said the lives of the common man have become miserable due to the rampant corruption.

“The price of electricity and water has been increased in Delhi only because of the corruption. The government was repeatedly told to do something in this regard, but it is grossed deep in corruption,” he added.

Recalling Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal said that his fast is aimed at uniting the citizens of the national capital so that they stand together and oppose the anti-people policies of the Delhi Government.

Taking on the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress Government in Delhi, Kejriwal had earlier alleged that “this government is even worse than the British Government”.

“They are not going to give us anything. This time we are appealing to the people of Delhi directly to stop paying their electricity bills,” he said, while urging the residents of Delhi not to pay the inflated electricity bills.

Kejriwal also accused the Chief Minister of Delhi of working hand in glove with the power distributing companies.

“The increase in the tariffs of electricity and water was due to corruption and the documents have already been presented in the public domain. Sheila Dikshit has nexus with electricity and water companies and it has been proved earlier also in front of the public,” said Kejriwal.

“Now the problem is that, Dikshit is claiming that the companies have incurred loss of rupees 20,000 crores within two years and this entire loss is a hoax,” he added. (ANI)

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