BJP against power tariff hike

High time discom accounts are audited, says Goel

Seeing an opportunity for gains in case of an Assembly repoll, the Delhi unit of BJP on Saturday voiced its concern over the private power distribution company’s move to seek a hike in power tariff in the city.

Party president Vijay Goel said the BJP was opposed to the ongoing move to hike the power tariff and he planned to lead a delegation of the BJP leaders to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman over the issue. 

His statement came close to a reported move by private power companies to seek a hike of 2-7 per cent in the tariff from  1st January.

“As a part of our positive agenda for development and good governance in Delhi, we have been in favour of reducing the power tariff by 30 per cent. This is what we promised in our manifesto also,” Goel said. 

“The BJP strongly believes that it is time to go for an audit of the accounts of private power distribution companies before allowing them even to move a proposal for any tariff hike,” he said.

In the last two years there has been a hike of 72 per cent power tariff which was unjustified, he said.

The BJP opposed it but the previous Congress government allowed the discoms to have their say and seek a power tariff hike and, in turn, overburden the people, he said.

Goel said Delhi citizens gave a befitting reply to the Congress in the recent Assembly polls by ousting it from power.

“As the Delhi BJP emerged as the first choice of voters, it is clear that they have approved of the party’s demand of reduction in power tariff by 30 per cent,” he said.

 “The BJP will not accept any move to hike electricity rates and will oppose it. The party demands that instead of the power tariff hike, there should be cut in power tariff,” Goel said. 

“The people of Delhi have vented their anger over the misrule of Congress. The BJP will continue to pursue its positive agenda for development and it remains committed to reduction of power tariff in Delhi by 30 per cent,” he said. 

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