Activist Arvind Kejriwal today launched a 'bijli-paani satyagraha' in Delhi to protest against "inflated" power and water bills and hike in tariffs by restoring electricity connection to the household of a labourer which was disconnected for non-payment of bills.
The protest was launched at Tigri Colony this morning when Mr Kejriwal and his supporters restored the power connection of the labourer, who claimed that he got a bill for Rs 15,000 last month and the connection disconnected as he could not pay it.
"Bijli Paani satyagraha has started in Delhi. Stop paying electricity and water bills till Delhi government withdraws tariff hikes. Let's unite and fight corruption. If they disconnect power, people will reach in large numbers to reconnect," Mr Kejriwal said.
He said Delhi will show the way in this "Civil Disobedience Movement."I will personally come and reconnect your electricity connection if they disconnect. I will take the punishment. We are ready to go to jail for this. Let's not accept corruption and injustice," he said.
He claimed that MPs and former MPs owe huge amounts to power companies but their connections were not disconnected.
"Poor people are being terrorized," he said.
He said India Against Corruption will hold a dharna tomorrow and burn electricity bills in 114 municipal wards.
"The Delhi government must roll back the hike before November three or we will protest again on November 4 and gherao Sheila Dikshit's house. We challenge them to try to cut the electricity of anyone in Delhi," Mr Kejriwal said.