If BJP comes to power, we will reduce power tariff by 30%: Manoj Tiwari

"Arvind Kejriwal despises Manoj Tiwari because he is a Purva-nchali; it shows his mental level."

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2017 8:49 am
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Amit Mehra

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari talks to Pragya Kaushika about the party’s prospects in the MCD polls, the Rajouri Garden bypoll result and shouldering most of the responsibility of the campaign.

AAP has said that if the BJP comes to power once again, rates of electricity and power will be affected. How do you propose to counter this campaign launched by AAP?

All these are lies being spread by Kejriwal. Does the MCD decide electricity and water tariff? I assure the people that if we come to power, we will reduce power tariff by 30 per cent for all with no conditions. AAP has a limited subsidy per unit usage. I will ask my legal department to take action against those spreading such lies.

With your list of star campaigners failing to land in Delhi, are you the only star campaigner for the party?

Ravi Kishan is one of our star campaigners. We had made a list of campaigners but we did not seek approval from those on the list.The senior leaders will conduct public meetings in the last leg of the campaign. They have also been accompanying us on the roadshows. Our public meetings will start from April 17. Most of our campaigners will reach the capital by then.

What do you feel about the Rajouri Garden bypoll result and AAP saying they lost because its MLA left Delhi for Punjab?

It has given a boost to my confidence and I want to thank the people for their support. They have reaffirmed their faith in the policies of the PM. This is the beginning of change in the capital. In the MCD election, too, we believe Delhi will surprise us again. Everyone said the Rajouri Garden result will gauge the mood of the people. If Deputy CM Manish Sisodia thinks he is being punished for leaving Delhi for Punjab, then the people will punish CM Arvind Kejriwal for leaving Delhi. Sisodia had even declared him the face of Punjab during the Assembly election.

Despite coming second, the Congress believes it has fared better in this election compared to the previous one. What do you think ?

DPCC chief Ajay Maken has forgotten how the party fared in the booth where he lives. The party lost in ward number 154, where Maken lives. Even AAP managed more votes than the Congress. If a party president cannot win his own booth, how will he make it win in Delhi. A woman, who was trying to get a ticket, alleged she was asked to pay money to contest. She also said she was mentally harassed. We can’t expect much from this party when it comes to issues such as women empowerment and safety.

What is your opinion on the poster war in the capital and AAP using opposition leader Vijender Gupta?

Are you (Kejriwal) afraid of me? You are a CM. Why not use the photo of the Delhi unit chief? Arvind Kejriwal despises Manoj Tiwari because he is a Purva-nchali; it shows his mental level.

Kailash Kher also sang the BJP poll anthem, yet your song was launched. What do you have to say on this?

I heard this rumour… Now, people are saying Kher sang the anthem and Tiwari rejected it. I am trying to rope him in so that he can campaign for us.

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First Published on: April 15, 2017 4:02 am
  1. R
    Apr 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm
    Why this benefit to delhi only? You are already in Rajasthan, Haryana, UP, MP , Maharastra, Gujrat. Give that 30 tariff cut immediately. what are you waiting for? Moreover, you are already in power in delhi MCD center, what stops you. Stop fooling ppl.
    1. Y
      Yogender Yadav urff YoYa
      Apr 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm
      Delhi walloo sabbko ajmayaa baarr baarr humko bhii do maukaa ek baarr Bijlii, paanni, karjaa sabb maaff tankhahh purii aurr kaam half....
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        v b
        Apr 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm
        BJP should be and claims to be more responsible and accountable than other parties. Promising 30 reduction in cost of electricity to consumers without matching reduction in cost of producing electricity can not be considered a responsible step. The BJP Party should simultaneously with promising reduction in the charges payable by consumers make promise of reducing cost of production or at least increasing the quantum of electricity through steps such as matching solar power generation (e.g., through taking some land in Rajasthan desert).
        1. G
          Apr 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm
          "Does the MCD decide electricity and water tariff? I ure the people that if we come to power, we will reduce power tariff by 30 per cent for all with no conditions." - Certainly the level of confidence about Delhites is immense . The first sentence says they cannot do anything about tariff. The Second one promises 30 reduction. No wonder he is a BJP leader.
          1. R
            Rahul Tongia
            Apr 15, 2017 at 11:10 am
            The truth on Delhi's power subsidies: : www.livemint /Opinion/77vIkXQycvGXFUHPTaYxNM/Delhis-inefficient-electricity-subsidies This isn't generosity, this is wasteful and regressive (the poor get less benefit than the rich!) Rahul
            1. I
              Apr 15, 2017 at 9:36 am
              Why not a 100 reduction Tiwari? It is not as though you or your party have to pay for it.
              1. K
                Apr 15, 2017 at 9:16 am
                30 reduction is fantastic. To help our understanding will he kindly explain how he is going to deliver on the promise. We are pleased to see that at last we have a person with subject knowledge enough to achieve that. It would be good for us to know whether the rates have been jacked up without justification or whether the management is incompetent and inefficient to the extent that rates have to be high.
                1. A
                  Apr 15, 2017 at 8:42 am
                  BJP is already in power and being governed by LG.So what is he talking.MCD is already controled by BJP
                  1. T
                    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:41 am
                    Akela Arvind cheated the trustreposed on him by Delhi voters when it became public that he hosted a dinner to mark anniversary of his Govt where in each plate costed Rs 13,000/- and similarly wanted to pay his lawyer Ram Jhootmalani over Rs 3 crores from the Govt kitty. BJP councilors had indulged in so much corruption that even Tadipaar Amit decided it is better to put fresh candidates and thus not a single councilor is being repeated by BJP. So it is betterto vote Congressso that it can make a fresh start.
                    1. H
                      Apr 15, 2017 at 9:48 am
                      No doubt congress has many worthy people but so far it is led by an , I will not name him, otherwise i would be insulting your common sense nothing happens
                    2. M
                      Apr 15, 2017 at 8:30 am
                      Nothing but populist if it happens. Discoms have been running at tremendous losses. I wonder how they can even think of reducing the tariff, unless it is solar- or wind-derived power.
                      1. A
                        Apr 15, 2017 at 8:27 am
                        BJP leaders should not make election promises which ultimately result in enhancing financial burden on citizens. We are aware of the fact that citizens of national capital region of Delhi get subsidised fuel, water, electricity and pay much lower muni l tax. We the taxpayers of the entire country pay for subsidies given to Delhi citizens. My question is for how long this will go on?
                        1. R
                          Apr 15, 2017 at 8:00 am
                          Do you have an truthful achievements to tell the people after 3 years in power at the centre instead???
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                            Anand Ch
                            Apr 15, 2017 at 6:19 am
                            What is new ? Every party says same and once they are in power, the rates get multiplied by four times.
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                              Sheik Mohamed
                              Apr 15, 2017 at 6:19 am
                              Why power tariff should not be reduce by thirty percent in all saffronized party ruling states in our country as promised by Mr.Tiwariji?
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