Kejriwal declares 'civil disobedience' movement for power

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 Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, March 22: The battle for Delhi has begun with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal's indefinite hunger strike and a 'civil disobedience' movement from Saturday against increased power and water bills. The capital will go for polls to elect its Assembly this year.

Meanwhile, on the eve of his indefinite fast, Kejriwal today asked Delhi residents not to pay their "illegal" power and water bills, promising that any legal action against them would be revoked once his Aam Admi Party comes to power in the city.
"The time has come to motivate people against illegal rise in taxes by the Delhi government," Kejriwal told reporters at a press conference today.

"People are forced to pay their bills through there nose due to fear of legal action against them. To instill confidence in them, I would be on indefinite fast from tomorrow," Kejriwal said.

His fast will send a message even from the location. Kejriwal will sit on the fast at a house near the sub-divisional magistrate's office in Nand Nagri area in east Delhi. Kejriwal says, the house owner had to borrow money to pay his water and electric bills.

Kejriwal said if more and more won't pay and join the "civil disobedience" movement, government and the power distribution companies won't take against against them.

"Even if some people face legal action, then they must not panic," he said.

When asked if he was provoking people to break the law, he said Mahatma Gandhi had himself said that one should not obey the law if it's against people and be prepared to face its consequences.

Other AAP members will protest in 264 wards across Delhi and launch a door-to-door campaign, asking people not to pay bills based on the new increased tariff.

Kejriwal alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had colluded with power and water companies and illegally increased the tariff.

He also attacked the opposition BJP saying its agitation against the hike in power and water tariff was just an election gimmick and it was hand-in-glove with the Congress.

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