Kejri's aide on Twitter in power play

The media adviser to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sparked a controversy by posting on Twitter an over Rs 20-lakh electricity bill of the Prime Minister’s residence complex, challenging BJP and other critics to react to the alleged high power consumption.

Nagendar Sharma’s tweet came two months after the BJP  slammed  Kejriwal for alleged power wastage at his official residence at Civil Lines in north Delhi.

On that occasion, BJP leaders had flashed two bills of the Chief Minister’s residence adding up to nearly Rs 1 lakh.

Sharma’s attempt to turn the tables on the BJP came with this message on his Twitter account: Will any newspaper/channel show some courage to report about this bill ? There was hue & cry over 85K bill !

The post says, “Pradhan Sevak Narendra Modi’s latest electricity bill: Twenty lakhs ninety three thousand five hundred and eight only” (20,93508).

The bill posted by him on Twitter with the Consumer No 6000197 has the last date of August 31.

The supply address on the bill is mentioned as 3 RCR Complex PM House near NDMC Elect, sub-station.

The electricity bills for the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers are issued in the name of engineer/s of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). The arrears section under the Commercial Department on the New Delhi Municipal Council reflects the list of amounts relating to all MPs.

“The electrcity bills of the Prime Minister and cabinet Ministers are paid by the CPWD. Therefore the bills are issued on the respective names of the cabinet minister. One can access the bill with only the consumer number,” said a senior NDMC official.

Retaliation

The tweet by Sharma seems to be a retaliation of sorts to the attacks by Delhi BJP over Kejriwal’s “inflated” power bills Kejriwal.

In June, Delhi BJP spokes- person Praveen Kapoor had said that the Chief Minister’s residence had two electricity metres and the latest bills were Rs 55,000 and Rs 48,000 (total Rs 1,03,000).

The Delhi BJP had also built its case on the basis of an RTI reply.
Sharma did not respond to the calls made by Deccan Herald and did not revert on the text messages either. His tweet was retweeted 309 times till 9.30pm on Monday.

 Some Twitteratis were critical, saying the bill was for PM’s “complex” and not his independent residence. One Rekha Ramaswamy tweeted: PM stays in 7 RCR....on the one hand AAPtards complain PM is abroad all d time & now huge bill?

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