Bijali Andolan against the raising rates of electricity
Bijali Andolan Delhi Aug 11, 2013
BJP yesterday virtually kick started its election campaign with a major offensive against Sheila Dikshit government on a range of issues including electricity tariff hikes in the last two years.
It unveiled a "formula" to cut the power rates by 30 per cent if the party wins the polls.
The party held rally here at Ramlila Ground which was attended by BJP President Rajnath Singh, Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari and senior leaders of the party's Delhi Unit.
"This huge, very huge rally at Ramlila Maidan has sent a strong message that now no power in the world can stop the current government in Delhi from losing the election," Singh said.
Speaking on the occasion, Goel alleged a "massive scam" in the power sector in Delhi and claimed that consumers are being "fleeced" by the private power distribution companies in cooperation with the Delhi Government. He unveiled a 10-point formula to bring down the electricity rates by 30 per cent.
"To pay electricity bills, you will soon have to take loans from banks. It's not a BJP rally, it is an 'aakrosh rally'. It is a movement against the exploitation. If voted to power, we will reduce the tariff by 30 per cent. If my formula is followed, the Chief Minister can cut tariff from tomorrow onwards," he said.
Goel is a long-standing aspirant for the chief minister's job but he is confronted by growing dissidence from within, with party stalwarts like V K Malhotra, Vijender Gupta and Aarti Mehra being totally opposed to him. E2