Kejriwal reboots 'power' protest
As Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal's indefinite fast to protest against rising electricity and water prices in Delhi entered its thirteenth day on Thursday, he announced the next level of the Civil Disobedience Movement at Sunder Nagri here.
"As the number of protest letters addressed to Sheila Dikshit approaches the 10-lakh figure, the campaign to restore electricity connection to households whose connection had been disconnected would be intensified from April 6th onwards," said the AAP in a release.
"On April 6, 1930, Gandhiji completed his Dandi Yatra and broke the salt law by making salt from sea water thereby launching the Civil Disobedience movement. On the same day, Aam Aadmi Party volunteers would go door-to-door restoring electricity connections of poor people in Delhi," it said.
Addressing a gathering in Sunder Nagri, Kejriwal said: "April 6, 1930 me Gandhiji ne namak kanoon toda tha, unhi se prerna leke maine ye Asehyog Aandolan shuru kiya. Abhi tak hum logo ke dastakht karva rahe the, 6 April se hum ek kadam aage badhenge. Main Delhi ki janta se appeal karta hun ki puri Delhi me jaha jaha domestic connections kate hai, karyakarta ek ek gali me jaaye aur connections jode. (On Apr 6, 1930, Gandhi broke the salt law, taking inspiration from him, I have started the Civil Disobedience movement. So far we were collecting signatures, Apr 6 onwards we will go a step ahead. I appeal to the people of Delhi to restore electricity connections of the poor.)"
Challenging Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, he said, "Jin jin garibo ke gharo me Shiela Dikshit ne andhera failaya hai, un sabhi ke gharo me jaake roshini failayenge. Shiela Dikshit ko main ye challenge karta hun ki jitni apni police ki force hai utni laga do, har gali me unhe tainat kar do. Junta ab bijli jodegi. (We will lighten up those houses where Sheila Dikshit has spread darkness. I am challenging her to keep as many policemen ready to stop up. But now public will restore the connections.)"
Explaining the significance of Apr 6, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that in the 1930s salt was an essential commodity which was being used by Government and capitalists to earn profits. "Like salt then, power and water in Delhi today have also become extremely essential commodities, which is being used by crony capitalists like Reliance to earn huge profits and the Delhi Government on its part is tight lipped after getting commissions."
Kejriwal said that around 9 lakh people have written to Dikshit saying that they would not be paying the bills, but the fear of disconnection of power-water supply has not been fully erased from their minds and hearts.
He asked AAP volunteers to create a list of all those households whose electricity connection has been disconnected by discoms so far and intensify the campaign for reconnecting supply from Apr 6 onwards. "Once we stand with people and connect their supplies, this would boost their confidence further to stand up against tyrannical law."
Meanwhile, reports say, Kejriwal has lost 7 kgs during his ongoing fast.
However, the AAP said: "His (Kejriwal's) Blood pressure is 108/71, Pulse 67, Sugar 123 and Ketone is 3+. Weight could not be checked in the morning."
(Posted on 04-04-2013)