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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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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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