Kejriwal alleges nexus between Delhi Govt, power firms
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that a strong nexus between Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government and private power distribution companies is responsible for the hike in electricity tariff.
Kejriwal said that the logic of loss behind the hike in power tariff is absolutely wrong as the power distribution companies operating in the state are earning huge profits. He displayed some documents to prove his point.
“Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has found that power firms earned profits of Rs 3,577 crore and not loss of Rs 635 crore as was being projected to increase tariff. The Commission had issued an order to reduce prices, and according to the DERC order power tariff should be half of what it is now,” said Kejriwal. “Power distribution costs had reduced but prices were still high in the national capital,” he added.
Accusing DERC chairman PD Sudhakar of favouring industrialist Anil Ambani, Kejriwal alleged that he (Sudhakar) is working as an 'agent' of electricity companies. “How come all circles of Anil Ambani’s power company in Delhi suddenly went into loss when Sudhakar took over charge as DERC chairman,” asked Kejriwal.
Threatening to launch a massive agitation against the power tariff hike, he announced that the Aam Admi Party will meet people in all 51 assembly areas in the state and request them to not pay the electricity bills if the government doesn’t reduce the price.