Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to the social networking website Twitter on Monday to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal alleged by tweeting, that the Prime minister is ‘in the pockets of electricity distribution companies of India (DISCOMs)’. He also said that the companies had a meeting with PM Modi after which the PM allegedly called Lieutenant Governer Najeeb Jung and ordered him to do as the companies said. The Delhi CM had earlier said that the LG had cancelled the state government’s order to make the companies pay compensation to consumers in case of unscheduled power cuts. Kejriwal said that the cost of 200/400 units of electricity in Delhi is Rs 550 / Rs 1200 while in Gujarat it is Rs 1100 / Rs 2300, and alleged that the ‘Prime minister wants Delhi electricity rates also to be equal to Gujarat’.
He had also said that it was quite possible that the LG might even turn down the AAP government’s power-subsidy decision and also the minimum wages proposal. In April this year, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had passed an order for power distribution companies to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts which extend up to two hours in Delhi. “(Discoms) were bound to pay a penalty of Rs 100 for power cut for every hour,” Kejriwal said, “15 days ago, the LG called the file pertaining to this matter and cancelled this order.”
The AAP chief alleged that PM Modi is ‘hand-in-glove with power companies’. He claimed that if the order had been passed, the power situation would have been better in the national capital. Kejriwal also claimed that the LG had sought the power subsidy file after PM Modi instructed him to do so when he had cautioned against a hike in power tariff in the city.
Arvind Kejriwal also fears that the AAP government proposal for increasing minimum wages by up to 50 percent might get turned down by Jung. He asked the people if such cases keep happening then they should ‘gherao the Prime Minister and the LG’. Kejriwal had made these claims in a gathering in Najafgarh in Delhi, and it was not without protests.