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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused private companies of supplying electricity at expensive costs on Sunday. Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to let the Delhi government terminate previous power agreements.

Arvind-Kejriwal-l-pti4“If this permission is given, then the electricity tariff in Delhi will further come down,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said at the launch of a scheme to redress disputes over electricity bills.

Kejriwal also declared that power companies would be fined if they cut electricity for more than one hour. He urged the prime minister to allow the Delhi government to buy cheaper power, saying this was available, the AAP tweeted.

He said power tariff was high in the national capital as Delhi was buying more than half its electricity needs at Rs.5.50 a unit.

The chief minister said: “We have come to know that many power companies are ready to supply power at Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 a unit. When we can get electricity at this rate, why should we buy it for Rs.5 or Rs.5.50 a unit? When we examined the issue, we realized that the previous government had entered into agreements valid for 30 years.”

“The power companies now tell us that since these agreements are in place, you will have to buy power from us. The companies are pressurizing us. Why should people suffer?”

“We also appeal to the central government and Modi to allow us to cancel the costly agreements reached earlier with private companies.” he added.

With inputs from IANS

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Form Committee on ‘One Nation, One Election’

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an all-party meeting on Wednesday said that a committee will be formed to look into the various issues regarding the “one nation, one election” plan.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told this to the media after the conclusion of the meeting which lasted for over three-and-a-half hours.

Singh said that five major agendas were discussed in the meeting, including the “one nation, one election” agenda.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves toward his supporters during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, May 8, 2019. VOA

He said that members of all the opposition parties present at the meeting supported the idea barring the CPI and CPI-M.

“Only CPI and CPI-M expressed difference of opinion, saying how it could be implemented,” the Defence Minister said.

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Over 40 parties were invited for the meeting in which 21 party chiefs participated while three expressed their inability to join the meeting citing some reasons, Singh added. (IANS)