Defiant stance: Connection was cut after construction worker defaulted on bill of Rs 15,160; Power Minister calls protest illegal
Activist Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters restored power supply to the residence of a family in Khanpur,South Delhi,on Saturday. Their connection was cut after they defaulted on a bill of Rs 15,160 in September. To protest against power tariff hikes by the Delhi government,Kejriwal asked people to stop paying electricity bills.
Bana Ram,a resident of Khanpur,approached Kejriwal on Friday after his power supply was cut due to non-payment of bills.
We were issued an electricity bill of Rs 15,160. The due date was September 19,but we had asked for more time to pay the bill as we could not afford it. On Friday,an official from the electricity board cut our power connection without any prior intimation. Our previous bill was
Rs 10,000,which I paid after taking a loan, Ram,who works as a construction worker,said.
Kejriwal went to Rams residence with members of India against Corruption (IAC) and restored power supply. He said he would hold a demonstration on Sunday to oppose power tariff hikes.
This is a bijli (electricity) paani (water) satyagraha. We will hold a demonstration across 114 municipal wards in the city,and burn electricity bills to oppose the power tariff hike. I will personally restore power supply at houses where it has been discontinued. I am prepared to go to jail for this.
He also criticised the Delhi government for increasing power and water tariffs.
The only way to overcome this is by non-payment of bills. We are giving the Chief Minister time till November 3. If the tariffs are not reduced,we will protest outside her residence, he said.
Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said Kejriwals protest was illegal.
Legal action should be taken against Kejriwal and not the people he has instigated. The protest is illegal. An FIR should be registered against Kejriwal. He is trying to create anarchy. There are legal structures to address consumers grievances, Yusuf said.