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Kejriwal promises free water, to invite Anna for swearing-in

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 25, 2013
First Published: 14:17 IST(25/12/2013) | Last Updated: 14:21 IST(25/12/2013)

A day after selecting his ministers, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal reiterated his promise of providing free supply to each household using up to 700 litre water a day.  

“We are working on water first. Water will be made free within 24 hours of the government coming to power. But, it will take some time to take the supply to all parts of the city,” Kejriwal said at a Janata Darbar near his residence and the AAP’s old office at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

During campaigning for the Delhi assembly elections, the AAP had promised free supply to each household using water up to 700 litre, and a crackdown on tanker mafia and corruption in the Delhi Jal Board.

Kejriwal on Wednesday once again thanked the people for supporting the AAP.  “It’s not my win, it’s your victory. Give me some time. Once we form the government, we will address all issues," Kejriwal, who led the one-year-old AAP to a stunning poll debut in Delhi, said.

The AAP leader may also make an announcement on power tariff after taking oath as chief minister, a source said.

In its manifesto, the party had promised to slash power tariff by 50% besides carrying out scrutiny of the accounts of private power distribution companies.

However, experts claim the promise can be met only if the government provides subsidy or scheduled power cuts are carried out across the city.

The AAP has also assured inflated bills will be rectified and electricity meters will be checked by independent agencies. Kejriwal had launched an agitation in the city earlier this year, accusing former chief minister Sheila Dikshit of siding with the private distribution companies.

Commenting on the speculations over Anna Hazare’s presence in his swearing-in ceremony likely to be held at Ramilia Maidan, Kejriwal said, “I will invite Annaji personally when the date for swearing-in is fixed.”

Anti-graft activist Hazare and Kejriwal had together launched a campaign at the venue for an anti-corruption watchdog in 2011. The two have since fallen out. 

Kejriwal, however, did not appear bothered about the Congress’ support to the AAP, which has 28 MLAs and need the help of the eight Congress legislators to form a government in the 70-member House.

“MLAs who want to work for the people of Delhi will support us. We don't have alliance with anyone. The Aam Aadmi Party government is based on issues. We are concentrating on issues, not support,” he said.

Former Delhi chief minister Dikshit on Tuesday had said the Congress would support the rookie party as long as it delivered.

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