Team Kejriwal begins protests against rising electricity bills in Delhi

     Team Kejriwal on Saturday launched their campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections with a protest against inflated power bills in the capital. Shouting slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Long Live India), Team Kejriwal and their supporters began their protest in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar area. Kejriwal had earlier asked India Against Corruption volunteers to contest the Delhi Elections in 2013, but he reportedly had a tough time convincing some of the volunteers, who were upset with his decision to join politics. Many of them voiced fears that the IAC's entry into politics will cut Opposition votes and directly benefit the Congress.

On September 23, Kejriwal had led a protest against the Delhi Government on power tariff hike and asked people not to pay electricity bills. The protest was the first after his split with Anna Hazare. Around 300-400 people gathered at Jantar Mantar where Kejriwal announced a new ‘Civil Disobedience Movement,’ asking people not to pay the bills if the Sheila Dikshit government did not order an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of private discoms (power distribution companies). At the protest, people set fire to electricity bills, alleging there was collusion between the city government and the discoms to increase power tariff and help private companies earn more. The assembly polls in Delhi are slated for November next year.

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