Kejriwal hits out at BJP on power tariff hike

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 12:07 hrs

It was drama outside the office of Delhi's power regulator here on Monday when two groups -- one led by BJP's Vijay Goel and another by Arvind Kejriwal -- assembled there for protest against the power tariff hike.

Goel, who started his protest along with his supporters arrived at around 11 AM, invited Kejriwal to his stage but had to face tough questions from the activist who accused the BJP of not taking up the issue seriously.

As Kejriwal walked into the venue, where India Against Corruption activists were also protesting, Goel and BJP workers invited him to the demonstration.

Kejriwal accepted the invitation but took on BJP accusing it of not making public a DERC order which talked about reducing power tariff earlier.

"We have nothing to do with BJP or Congress. On the one hand, Delhi government is hand in glove with discoms. On the other hand, we also have questions for BJP and we would like to ask Goel some questions.

"Is BJP not aware of the DERC recommendation in May, 2010 about reducing power tariff? Delhi government halted it. If they were aware of it, why did not they do it for the past one and half years," he said.

Kejriwal alleged that BJP has a copy of the order but it was not making it public. "Like Congress, BJP is also suppressing facts," he alleged.

Goel countered it and said BJP had raised the issue first. "Whoever will reduce the tariff, I will support them. Even if it is Congress, I will support the move. Whatever DERC has said, it was BJP who raised it first," he said.

The BJP leader first left the venue and after sometime, Kejriwal also left the place, leaving IAC's protest to be led by his associates Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai.

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