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BSES removes electricity meter from AAP candidate Ilmi’s house

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 09, 2013
First Published: 02:22 IST(9/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:27 IST(9/9/2013)

The electricity connection of an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate, who was a TV anchor, was snapped on Friday by power distribution company, BSES.

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According to a discom spokesperson, the electricity meter of Shazia Ilmi, AAP candidate from RK Puram who was an anchor with Zee TV, was removed by BSES officials in the presence of eight police personnel from the CR Park police station. 

“The electricity connection of AAP leader Shazia Ilmi, who has been very vocal against inflated bills in the city, was terminated. Despite protests, the meter was removed and taken away by BSES officials. It is shameful that while electricity bills of both ruling and opposition party leaders have been mounting for years, the government has not taken any action against them. This proves the BJP and Congress are hand in glove,” said an AAP spokesperson.

“It is even more surprising that eight police personnel were called to oversee the removal of the electricity meter at Ilmi’s residence,” he added.

In March, the Aam Aadmi Party had launched an agitation against inflated power and water bills.

Party members had asked people not to pay inflated electricity bills.

“Shazia Ilmi had not paid her bills for the last few months as part of the protests against the hike in power tariff in Delhi. The police and BSES members threatened a raid on Ilmi’s residence if she tried to restore the electricity connection herself,” said the spokesperson.

“I will continue my fight against the unjustified increase in the price of electricity, which is eating into the budget of the common man. I will not be intimidated by any act of coercion and strong arm tactics of the Delhi government and Delhi police,” said Ilmi.

“For any disconnection, discoms give a consumer at least 15 days’ notice before any disconnection is done. The meter is reconnected once the bill is paid,” said a BSES spokesperson.

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