AAP discounts power bills of 24,000 people

February 13, 2014 - 8:23:44 am
New Delhi: The Delhi government yesterday fulfilled another of its assembly poll promises by exempting some 24,000 people who took part in an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) campaign against inflated electricity bills from paying 50 percent of the bill amount for that period.

In reaction, the Congress accused the government of misleading people while the main opposition — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — called it an “election stunt”. “There is no provision for this measure. AAP government is misleading people,” Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely told reporters.

BJP leader Vijender Gupta said: “It is just an election stunt of the AAP.” The government also decided to consider closure of power theft cases filed against some consumers during the Congress regime, which the AAP had accused of being hand-in-glove with power discoms. The government has decided to waive 50 percent off the power bills for those who did not pay from October 2012 and did not submit the bills until December 2013, Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia said. IANS