Election setback for AAP: Has Kejriwal misled Delhi on power bill?

Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, March 18: In a setback for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi government on Tuesday, March 18 informed the Delhi High Court that Arvind Kejriwal's decision to waive 50 per cent power bill cannot be implemented as funds have not been earmarked in budget.

kejriwal-led AAP government in the national capital had decided to reward those who had defaulted on paying electricity bills. Also those who did not pay for the power between October 2013 and April 2013 would have to pay just half of what they were billed, said AAP government.

AAP had asserted that government would provide Rs 6 crores to cover the huge discount. The announcement was made by senior leader of the party and Delhi Urban Development and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, who said who supported the AAP's drive against allegedly inflated prices before it came to power would be given 50 per cent off with no penalty.

In October 2012, the AAP, during one of its protest against Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi, had urged the residents of the region to submit a written petition that they would not pay water and power bills to protest against over-pricing.

Ten lakh people had signed the petition. Kejriwal even had visited some homes where power supply had been snapped because of pending payments and restored the connection. Kejriwal later brought down prices of electricity by half soon after taking over as the chief minister of Delhi.

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