On the second day of Bijli-Pani khulasa, Arvind Kejriwal addressed a massive rally in Rohtas Nagar, which was attended by thousands of people. The anger of people was evident as Kejriwal and Gopal Rai explained how 'corruption of Sheila Dikshit had led to spiraling prices of electricity and water'. It was due to this that aam aadmi of Delhi has been feeling the pinch and finding it difficult to lead a normal life, Kejriwal said.
Water prices have increased 18 times in the past eight years. “A family which was paying Rs. 73 in 2004 for 45 kiloliters of water, is now paying Rs 1355 for the same. The government is slowly progressing towards privatisation of water which would further lead to price rise,” Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) press release quoted Kejriwal as saying.
Similarly, electricity prices have also been increased drastically. If the order (2010-11) made by Berjinder Singh was passed, today Delhites would have been paying just 50% of what they are actually paying today, Kejriwal said. “Therefore, I appeal to the people of Delhi
to pay only 50% of the bills. If your electricity connection is disconnected, then I would restore your connection," the AAP leader said.
Earlier Sunday, Delhi Police had initially denied permission for Rohtas Nagar rally initially. AAP workers in Rohtas Nagar had intimated about the rally to the police long back. However, the SHO of Mansarovar Park called AAP workers Saturday night and informed them about the cancellation of permission. As this news spread, due to pressure from people, the police had to give permission for the rally.
In other parts of the city, Manish Sisodia held two meetings in Okhla and Trilokpuri. In Trilokpuri, he met a number of people during his 10 km walk. Women came forth in large numbers and shared their woes.