Arvind Kejriwal’s fast puts Cong,BJP on the defensive on power tariff agenda

Even as Arvind Kejriwal’s indefinite fast against inflated power bills in the national capital entered its ninth days on Sunday,the ruling Congress defended its power policy,while the Opposition BJP upped the ante against the government over the same issue.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2013 1:20:33 am

Even as Arvind Kejriwal’s indefinite fast against inflated power bills in the national capital entered its ninth days on Sunday,the ruling Congress defended its power policy,while the Opposition BJP upped the ante against the government over the same issue.

While the Congress and BJP have so far ‘officially’ ignored the AAP,Kejriwal’s fast seems to have had an affect on both parties.

The BJP has steadfastly maintained that the AAP ‘hijacked’ their power tariff agenda,which they had begun years ago.

Dikshit,however,has said the AAP is not a factor in the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled for later this year and has even filed a defamation case against Kejriwal.

A senior Congress leader said the party may even have to reconsider their strategy ahead of the Assembly elections. “The AAP is not a serious threat to the party in any way,but we would not like the electorate misinformed about the Delhi government’s achievements in the last few years,” the leader said.

Over the last few days,Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel has upped the ante against the government over the issue of inflated power bills.

On Saturday,Goel said the BJP would drag the government to court over the tariff hike. In early March,Goel had declared that the BJP would slash the power tariff in Delhi by 30 per cent if elected to power.

According to a senior BJP functionary,the party has decided to step up their efforts against the government on power and water issues.

“The BJP have been contesting the government’s claims for four years now and we have the public’s support. The public needs to know we are a responsible opposition,” a senior leader said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and senior Congress Ministers too have been forced to address questions raised against Delhi’s power tariffs. In a public rally on Friday,Dikshit refuted the BJP’s and the AAP’s charges of corruption in the power sector.

“Some people claim that electricity bills are inflated. But I would like to tell everybody that one cannot compare bills for 24-hour power supply to that of 8 hours supply,” Dikshit had said.

For all the latest Delhi News, download Indian Express App

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement