CONGRESS MP Sanjay Nirupam Sunday called off his four-day-old fast after an assurance from Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that a decision on his demand to reduce power tariff in Mumbai would be taken in the next two days.
The MP from Mumbai North had been on a hungerstrike outside Reliance Energy office in suburban Kandivali since Thursday seeking lowering of rates for power consumers in the metropolis, which was excluded from the just announced cut in tariff.
Sources close to Nirupam said Chavan spoke to the Lok Sabha member and asked him to call off his fast as the government will take a decision on reducing power tariff in the financial capital in a couple of days. State Congress President Manikrao Thakre later met Nirupam, who is also AICC secretary, and conveyed Chavan’s message. After this, Nirupam ended his fast.
Nirupam, however, warned that he would start his agitation again if the decision was not taken in the given time-frame.