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Kejriwal urges Delhiites not to pay inflated power,water bills Last Updated : 23 Mar 2013 03:57:32 PM IST
Accusing Delhi government of not listening to people's problems, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal launched his indefinite fast and 'Civil Disobedience Movement' from a north-east Delhi home urging Delhiites not to pay "inflated" power and water bills.
After visiting Raj Ghat and Shaheed Park here, Kejriwal reached the home of one Santosh in Sundar Nagri where he began
his fast. He had chosen this house as Santosh had allegedly received inflated bills and had to take loans to pay it.
Kejriwal asked Delhi residents not to pay "illegal" power and water bills, promising that any legal action against them would be revoked once his party comes to power in the city.
"From today, we are beginning this fast. From today, I am not going to pay my water and power bills. These are illegal and fake bills. The Delhi government is hand in glove with discoms," he said.
Kejriwal earlier had announced that his family residing in Uttar Pradesh will not pay the bills in solidarity with the protest.
"The aim of my fast is to rally more and more people against the illegal bills. If I fast, then people will get encouraged. This time we are not asking anything from the government, this time I appeal to Delhiites not to pay bills,"he said.
Kejriwal said if more and more people join the "civil disobedience" movement, government and the discoms won't take against against them.
AAP National spokesperson Manish Sisodia said there are protests in 264 other places in the capital.
Kejriwal promised that any legal action against those who follow his lead and not pay bills would be revoked once his Aam Aadmi Party comes to power in the city.
He also attacked the opposition BJP saying its agitation against the hike in power and water tariff was just an election gimmick and it was hand-in-glove with the Congress.
"People are forced to pay their bills through there nose due to fear of legal action against them. To instill confidence in them, I would be on indefinite fast from Saturday," Kejriwal told reporters.
"Even if some people face legal action, then they must not panic as all the legal cases would be withdrawn after his party comes to power in Assembly election in November," hesaid.
When asked if he was provoking people to break the law, he said Mahatma Gandhi had himself said that one should not obey the law if it's against people and be prepared to face its consequences.
Targeting the BJP, the activist-turned- politician said,"BJP had the copy of the order of former Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) chairman to reduce the tariff since 2010, but they were sitting on it and when the election is nearing they are protecting against the hike.
"They had not raised the issue in the Delhi Assembly.... Now Dikshit government wants to give a bailout package of Rs 20,000 crore to the discoms," he added.
He claimed that poor people had to take loan to pay their electricity and water bills.Elaborating about the course of action, Kejriwal said apart from him, party volunteers would be observing fast in264 Wards of the city.
Apart from it, the volunteers would collect signed letterin favour of Arvind Kejriwal.
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