Kejriwal breaks 15-day-long fast, attacks Dikshit

Kejriwal breaks 15-day-long fast, attacks DikshitNew Delhi: Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal Saturday ended his 15-day-long fast with a spirited attack on the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government for its “inability” to provide power and water – which he identified as key issues for the forthcoming polls.

Breaking the fast in protest against the allegedly inflated power bills, amid loud cheers from his supporters, Kejriwal said that the Dikshit government has no right to rule after it could not make water and electricity available for people.

On the occasion, Kejriwal informally announced the objectives of his Aam Admi Party (AAP), which included waiving off the allegedly high electricity bills and bringing down the power tariffs to half of the present rates.

Kejriwal claimed that the days of Dikshit are numbered and warned her to wait till November – the month when assembly elections are scheduled.

“I am grateful to all those who participated in the movement. After my fast, one thing is certain that assembly election in Delhi will be fought on the issue of power and water,” said Kejriwal, who was given coconut water by a girl called Neeru.

The AAP convenor, who was on a hunger strike since March 23 against the allegedly inflated water and power bills, accused Dikshit of being in cahoots with power discoms and industrialists and warned this state of affairs would not last long.

“Politics will not be dictated by industrialists anymore,” he said.

Kejriwal also trained his guns at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying it will do no good too if it is voted to power.

“Both the BJP and the Congress are two sides of the same coin. While the Congress in collusion with power companies hikes the power tariff, the BJP takes to theatrics by staging a protest at the DERC (Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission),” he said.

Promising 20 liters water for every household in the capital if the AAP is voted to power, Kejriwal proposed ‘Jal Swaraj’ in the capital which envisages the management of water by people.

Asserting that his fast was for the nation and not for power, he said “Had I been power-hungry, I would not have sat on fast.”

The 43-year-old Magsaysay Award winner claimed that it had collected 10 lakh letters against the alleged inflated power bills and warned Dikshit of marching towards her residence if she does not send four clerks to receive the letters at India Gate April 28.

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  1. says: anil

    India is a farce democracy and always will be,
    Parties that dominate local political life are fiefdoms, which are literally handed down from father to son. Pre- independence, British policy of divide and rule was cunningly adopted by the mainstream political parties, bringing forever a vote bank politics on religion and caste.
    The dictatorial, party high command style of influencing the elected representatives ensured that fate of the country remained under firm control of permanent few. With the ruling and the toothless opposition, just about waiting for their license to loot every 5 years with like minded corporate cronies and money powered criminals, India will forever bleed.
    From preventing any change in this shambolic system, judiciary has been purposely made inept; media has been controlled and central bureau of investigation office used as tool for power wielding ruling parties.
    With goons in lok sabha, semi-retired film stars in rajya sabha, India is certainly heading for a disaster, if not already.

    This is when a politician like Kejriwal and a party like AAP, becomes the need of the hour. The ever expanding support base of AAP indicates that India is well and truly on course of a revolution. After 65 years if India is still known as a third world country, the upcoming generation would not take this lightly,never.

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