Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal began an indefinite hunger strike against increased power and water bills in the national capital yesterday. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too held a separate protest on the issue outside Dikshit’s official residence.
Kejriwal began his fast in the morning at a house near the sub-divisional magistrate’s office in Sunder Nagri. He said the house owner had to borrow money to pay his water and electric bills.
“This fast seeks to recover the legacy of our national movement. Though Arvind's health is a matter of concern for us, but as a political move, we unanimously agreed that he should go ahead,” said Yogendra Yadav, Kejriwal’s associate.
Kejriwal alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had colluded with power and water companies and illegally increased the tariff. “The time has come to motivate people against illegal rise in taxes by the Delhi government,” he added.
AAP members will also protest in 264 wards across Delhi and launch a door-to-door campaign, asking people not to pay bills according to the increased tariff.
The BJP too protested against “bloated” electricity and water bills outside Dikshit’s official residence. “The government is looting the common man with bloated power and water bills. We will continue our protests,” BJP leader Vijender Gupta.