Delhi: After 15-day 'drama', Arvind Kejriwal breaks fast

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New Delhi, April 6: Leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, April 6 ended his 15-day-long fast protest against Delhi government in connection with high power tariff in the national capital.

Kejriwal, who began his fast on March 23 to protest against inflated power and water bills in Delhi, said, "...there would be a system of 'Jal Swaraj' in all Delhi localities where people themselves collect water bills and themselves carry out water management when AAP comes to power in Nov 2013."

Earlier on Saturday, Congress termed Kejriwal's fast a "drama". Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) President JP Agarwal lashed out at Kejriwal saying that "he was no where in sight in the last 40 years and has suddenly started taking bote of all the defects".

Kejriwal's announcement to end his fast came a day after his former colleague and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare requested him to end his fast.

While announcing the end of his fast in front of his supporters at Sunder Nagri, Kejriwal said he would have wished to break his fast in the presence of Anna Hazare, but due to Annaji's busy schedule he will not be able to be present on Saturday.

"Annaji has sent his blessings and I thank him for that," the AAP leader added. Kejriwal said he was going to break his fast on a very auspicious day.

"Tomorrow is 6th April and a very auspicious day as Mahatma Gandhiji on this day broke the salt law in 1930. I want to appeal to the citizens of Delhi that on April 6 that in all those houses, where the government has disconnected the domestic connection of electricity, people should connect their electricity wires again and for that, our activists would encourage and assist the poor in reconnecting electricity by visiting slums," he said.

"I challenge Sheila Dikshit to deploy its entire police force in each lane of the city to stop people but public and activists will reconnect all the cut off connections, now this movement will enter in next phase with inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi," he added.

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