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Kejriwal finds support from eminent personalities

PTI  New Delhi, March 29, 2013
First Published: 16:43 IST(29/3/2013) | Last Updated: 16:49 IST(29/3/2013)

As his indefinite fast against "inflated" power bills entered the seventh day on Friday, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal got support from eminent persons like former CEC J M Lyngdoh and ex-Naval chief Admiral Ramdas, who said they support his "civil disobedience movement".

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AAP released the joint letter by Lyngdoh, Ramdas, Justice V R Krishna Iyer, former National Knowledge Commission vice chairman Dr P M Bhargava and others to media in which they urged Delhi government to take note of irregularities highlighted by Kejriwal and take urgent corrective action.

"The citizens of Delhi, most of who struggle to make two ends meet and simply cannot afford the hiked bills, seek to exercise their right to disobey. They seek to do so in a non-violent manner and are willing to face the consequences including penalties and punitive action.

"In these circumstances, we extend our support to this call for civil disobedience," the personalities said in the letter.

They claimed that Kejriwal called for the civil disobedience movement when pleas to stop corruption in power and water sector "fell on deaf ears".

In a separate statement, AAP claimed 1,00,396 more people pledged not to pay the inflated bills on Thursday, taking the total to 375,040.

It said around 3000 volunteers would turn their homes into mini asahyog kendras (non-cooperation centre), in addition to 264 asahyog kendras that already exist.

The statement also said Kejriwal's health has stabilised. "His blood pressure is 108/66, pulse 67, sugar 123 and weight is 59 kg. The level of ketones has come down as well from 3+ yesterday to 2+," it said.


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