Sanjay Nirupam ends fast on Prithviraj Chavan pomise
Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam on Monday ended his hunger strike after Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he will take a decision on slasing power tariff in Mumbai in two days.
Nirupam was on an indefinite fast in front of Reliance Energy Divisional Office in Mumbai since Thursday demanding a cut in power tariff in the city.
State Congress President Manikrao Thakre conveyed Chavan's message to Nirupam, following which he ended his fast.
However, he said he will sit on an indefinite fast again if the decision was not taken in two days.
Earlier on Saturday, Nirupam had said he will self-immolate outside the house of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Chairman Anil Ambani if the power rates are not slashed in the city.
"I will self-immolate outside Anil Ambani's house if he does not act despite my fast," said Nirupam.
In what is seen as an impact of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s success in Delhi over its sustained stir on the electricity prices, the Congress-led Maharashtra government on Jan 20 slashed the power tariff by up to 20 percent in the state though it is not effective in Mumbai.
The state cabinet announced the decision.
A protest demanding reduction of the rates was earlier led by Congress MPs like Sanjay Nirupam and Priya Dutt.
The two Congress leaders had let a protest recently outside the office of Reliance Energy company that supplies power in their constituencies.
While Nirupam is an MP from Mumbai North, Dutt represents the North West constituency in Mumbai.
However, the Maharashtra Cabinet announced the reduction in prices across agriculture industry and domestic consumers.
The decision followed a report by Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane who led a group of ministers (GoM) on the issue.
(Posted on 27-01-2014)
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