BJP protests against power hike

Protests by opposition BJP over power tariff hike and water shortage hit traffic movement in central and south Delhi as thousands of party workers shouted anti-AAP government slogans on roads.

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay with supporters staged a massive demonstration at ITO against the Arvind Kejriwal government for allowing six per cent hike in electricity tariff and running a farce anti-corruption campaign in Delhi.

BJP workers lead by South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri held a separate blockade near Okhla to protest water shortage in Tughlakabad.

The demonstrators gathered near Feroz Shah Kotla ground and as they started to march towards Delhi Secretariat, police stopped them. As the workers broke the cordon, police tried to stop them with water cannon and declared the demonstration was without permission.

Addressing the demonstrators, BJP National Secretary R P Singh said the Arvind Kejriwal government has lost its moral authority to rule. “On the issues of power, water and safety of women, this government has nothing to give but only promises. Every passing day, a new matter of mis-governance by this government comes out.”

Upadhyay said Kejriwal came to power on a promise of free water and electricity at half rates. “After four months, water bills continue to come as before but there is no water in taps. Now, by allowing electricity charges hike the government which earlier broke the back of middle class – by withdrawing their subsidy – has now broken the back of the poor too with the six per cent hike.”

Upadhyay added that the government’s anti-corruption campaign is a farce. “The figures of arrests being publicised are fudged. It is a matter of shame that the secretary to the chief minister, Rajendra Kumar, is now being accused of being involved in big frauds at the cost of the exchequer.”

Upadhyay also condemned the Kejriwal government for diverting development funds and spending them on self glorification campaigns.

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