As India Against Corruption (IAC) remains occupied with its protest against Union law minister Salman Khurshid over alleged corruption charges, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stepped up its agitation against hiked tariffs and inflated electricity bills in the Capital.
The party on Saturday lodged a complaint with IP Estate police station against Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and some bureaucrats, accusing them of benefitting private power distribution companies.
“They stalled Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission’s move to cut tariff by 23 per cent in 2010. We want a probe,” said Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta. Dikshit refuted the allegations. “I am not a party to any such decisions,” she said.
Former union minister and senior party leader Vijay Goel also took out a padyatra in Chandni Chowk on Saturday, climbed electric poles to highlight precariously-hanging high-voltage wires and burnt power bills. “We also lodged a complaint against chief minister Sheila Dikshit for hiked tariffs and inflated bills,” Goel said.
“Because of the government’s atrocities, what is the option left for the people? They can only defy this government and protest. Our agitation will continue till the hiked tariffs are rolled back. A CAG audit and re-selection of discoms are the only ways out,” Goel said.
“Until the hanging wires are put underground, the discoms have no rights to claim electricity bills. The discoms should be taken to court for keeping people under constant threat of electrocution,” he said.
To mobilise public opinion, Goel will preside over a seminar on ‘Bijli Paani and other problems of New Delhi’ at Constitution Club on Sunday. “Vijai Kapoor, former Delhi L-G, Bhure Lal, retired IAS, Savita Gupta, south Delhi Mayor, and Subhash Lakhotia, tax guru, will be the speakers,” he said.
“We will start 40 days of public movement in entire Delhi from Sunday,” he said.