AAP, BJP in high-voltage war of words over Kejriwal's power bill

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2015 14:56 IST

The BJP and the AAP engaged in a war of words on Tuesday over the massive electricity bill incurred by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence.

The reactions came after an RTI query filed by Vivek Garg, advocate and RTI activist, revealed that the general administration department of Delhi government has submitted the copy of the power bill of Kejriwal's Civil Lines house. The electricity bill of Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence ran into Rs. 91,000 for the months of April and May.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that Kejriwal does not practice what he preaches, the Aam Aadmi Party accused the opposition of raising a non-issue.

"Arvind Kejriwal, while fighting the Delhi elections, used to make all sorts of allegations of wastage of public money against other politicians. Today you see that he, as a chief minister, is spending almost as much money on his power bill as his salary. I think that now, the people of Delhi know that he does not practice what he preaches. His preaching is for other politicians and parties," BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Raotold ANI.

Delhi BJP has also claimed that the bill was over Rs. 1 lakh and said that it would also seek power bill details of all AAP ministers.

"Every day hundreds of people come to camp offices and janata darbar for work. So the power bill is not of CM's home alone," said AAP leader Dilip Pandey.

"The BJP, even after falling to only three seats in Delhi, continues with negative ways and is raising non-issues," said Pandey.

"A combined bill of the camp office, janata darbar hall and his home is being wrongly shown," reiterated Nagendra Sharma, media advisor to Kejriwal.


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