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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday protested against the recent increase in power tariff in Delhi and demanded that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital roll-back the hike.

The protest was led by Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay who told IANS that his party wanted the Delhi government to roll back the tariff hike which, he said, would unnecessarily burden residents of the city.

“We want the recent power tariff hike of six percent to be rolled back. The AAP government must take concrete steps in this connection,” he told IANS.

“This protest is against the Arvind Kejriwal government which has completely failed to fulfil the promises made to the people of Delhi. It is a government of complete failure,” he said.

“The morality and ideology with which they came to power stands exposed,” he added.

With slogans against the Delhi government renting the air, the protestors headed towards the Delhi Secretariat from ITO when police personnel deployed there used water cannons and stopped them from marching ahead.

“Police used water cannons to stop us. We just want to convey that increase in the power tariff would bring more burden on the pockets of the residents of Delhi. We want it to be taken back,” Praveen Shankar Kapoor, Delhi BJP’s media cell convenor, told IANS.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) last week approved a tariff hike of up to six percent for the three distribution companies operating in the national capital.

The hike, which came into effect from June 15, will be applicable for the next three quarters.

In another protest, Tughlakabad residents led by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri staged a protest outside Delhi Jal Board South-IV office in Okhla to protest poor water supply in the area.

The protestors demanded regular water supply in Tughlakabad area. (IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)