Kejriwal begins power protest

Launching a ‘Bijli-Paani Satyagraha’ (protest against the tariff hike of electricity and water), on Saturday, Arvind Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption (IAC)   ‘restored’ power supply to a labourer’s house in south Delhi’s Tigri slums.

The incident prompted Delhi’s power minister Haroon Yusuf to demand action against Kejriwal for “instigating and misleading innocent people”.

Accompanied by IAC campaigners Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and Gopal Rai, Kejriwal reached labourer Bana Ram’s house at Tigri at about 10 am. After addressing supporters, Kejriwal restored electricity, which was disconnected for non-payment of bills.

IAC has already alleged huge corruption, involving Delhi government officials and discoms, in the power sector. The discoms had cut power supply to Bana Ram’s house after he failed to pay up a bill of R15,160.   

Kejriwal dared the government to arrest him if it thought that he committed a crime by restoring power supply to Bana Ram’s house.

Kejriwal said, “I will continue to support hapless Delhiites until the government rolls back the power hike.”

Accusing Kejriwal of misleading innocent people, Yusuf said, “Police should take action against him for instigating the mob and misleading people. The BSES should also register a complaint against Kejriwal for obstructing officers from doing their job and for power theft.”

The minister also suggested that people should either approach the discoms or the power regulator if they face any issues with power supply or billing.

The IAC said it would burn inflated electric bills at various colonies across Delhi starting Sunday. 


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