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Delhi: Focus on power tariff, BJP promises rate cut by 30%

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 11, 2013
First Published: 23:37 IST(11/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:25 IST(14/8/2013)

Coming out all guns blazing against the Congress government in Delhi, the BJP on Sunday accused it of failing on all fronts, especially on providing cheaper power and water.

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In its first major election rally held at Ramlila Ground, BJP national president Rajnath Singh said the party would ensure basic amenities to over one crore Delhiites neglected by the Delhi government.

Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel reiterated the party would slash power tariff by 30% if voted to power. Goel unveiled a 10-point agenda to reduce power bills in the city. Among his slew of promises were meter-testing laboratories in all districts and CAG audit of the discoms.

Other issues such as the transport scam, illegal mining and water privatisation came up. “When the BJP comes to power after the Delhi assembly polls later this year, it will provide all basic amenities, including electricity, health, water, education, roads and proper drainage, to all the residents in five years,” said Singh.

Addressing BJP workers, Goel said there was a massive scam in the power sector. He claimed the private power discoms were fleecing people in connivance with the Delhi government.

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“It’s not a BJP rally; it is an aakrosh (anger) rally. If my formula is followed, the chief minister can slash tariff beginning tomorrow,” he said.

Explaining his formula, Goel compared the power sector with telecom and sought to know why power tariff can’t be brought down if competition is encouraged.

“In 1996, the mobile charges for incoming and outgoing were R16 and now it is 30 paisa. Because of competition, the rates came down. The day we come to power, we will make the discoms compete with each other,” Goel claimed.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly, VK Malhotra, said the government had committed a big fraud in the name of regularising unauthorised colonies.

“There are at least 116 colonies that don’t exist and yet they have been ‘regularised’. Lakhs of rupees have gone to Congress leaders’ pockets,” he said.

Sunday’s rally saw all bigwigs of the Delhi unit but eyebrows were raised over the absence of BJP’s Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari and the party’s co-convener for Delhi affairs, Navjot Singh Sidhu.


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