Kejriwal remains defiant, to continue 'bijli-paani satyagraha'
Posted on: 07:28 AM IST Oct 07, 2012
New Delhi: A defiant anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal will take to the streets again on Sunday and is expected to burn inflated electricity bills in the capital again. Kejriwal is taking on the Delhi government over inflated electricity bills and will continue his campaign for Delhi Assembly Elections by burning electricity bills simultaneously at four different places in the capital on Sunday.
After fulfilling his promise of restoring the electric connection to a daily wage-earner, Kejriwal is now scheduled to burn inflated bills in four areas of the capital. Along with his associates Kumar Vishwas, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, Kejriwal will burn electricity bills at Bawana, Mukherjee Nagar, Mahipalpur and Lakshmi Nagar areas in the capital.
Meanwhile, Delhi Government on Saturday indicated taking legal action against Kejriwal for "illegally" restoring electricity connection of a consumer during protest against inflated power and water bills and accused him of trying to spread "anarchy" and "lawlessness" in the city. Slamming Kejriwal for "breaching" the law and asking people not to pay electricity bills, Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf said legal action must be taken against him. "Kejriwal is trying to spread anarchy and lawlessness in the city. He does not believe in law and order. We will not allow him to succeed. Legal action must be taken against Kejriwal for his illegal act and instigating people to do so," Yusuf said.
Kejriwal had launched a 'bijli-paani satyagraha' to protest against "inflated" power and water bills and hike in tariffs by restoring electricity connection to the household of a labourer which was disconnected for non-payment of bills. The Minister also appealed to people in the city not to follow Kejriwal and respect rule of law. "I am appealing to the citizens not get instigated by Kejriwal. There are grivance redressal mechanisms where a consumer can seek redressal of their grivances. People can go to Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission or approch Delhi Government," he said.
Kejriwal launched his protest at Tigri Colony in South Delhi by restoring the power connection of the labourer, who claimed that he got a bill for Rs 15,000 last month and connection disconnected as he could not pay it. He said the India Against Corruption will hold a dharna on Sunday and burn electricity bills in 114 municipal wards.
With Additional Inputs from PTI