Posted On Sunday, October 07, 2012 at 08:21:31 AM
A day after exposing Robert Vadra’s alleged land deals, social activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched the ‘bijli-paani satyagraha’ in Delhi. Kejriwal and his supporters restored electricity connections in Tigri Colony area, and asked the people to burn their electricity bills to protest the hike in water bills and power tariff.
|Arvind Kejriwal restored several electricity connections at Tigri Colony in Delhi
Sources said the government is considering legal action against Kejriwal for “illegally” restoring the electric connection of defaulters. Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said that an FIR must be registered against Kejriwal.
“This is illegal. He is trying to create an anarchist society. There are legal bodies to address the grievances of consumers,” Yusuf said. However, sources from the Congress and the BJP admitted that party leaders did not react enthusiastically to Kejriwal’s Vadra exposé and ‘power trip’.
There is a lot of anxiety among the political circles in Delhi as to who will India Against Corruption (IAC) expose on October 10. There is intense speculation whether it will be a Congress leader again or someone from the BJP. Sources say the next target could be P Chidambaram’s son Karthik or BJP’s Nitin Gadkari.
A section of the Congress leaders feel that Kejriwal could be possibly coming to the aid of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself. “It is quite possible that Arvind’s disclosures are aimed at helping the PM and the PMO.
He has always come out helping one section of the Congress against the other,” said a Congress strategist. Kejriwal is reportedly close to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep.
That is why this agitation against power tariff hike – the sort that he did on Saturday – directly restoring power connection in slums. It is seen as a stunt to help the Congress fight the BJP in the next year’s assembly elections.
Sources said that IAC’s latest disclosure about Vadra’s land deals is to put on hold, the change of guard at the Centre, something that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has been planning in the next few weeks.
Sources said that no one from the BJP or the Congress is willing to give Kejriwal any credit for collating information against Vadra and exposing the Rs 350-crore land scam. Apparently, IAC simply put together information that was out in the public domain.
Recalling a March 14, 2011, Economic Times article on Vadra and DLF, BJP Lok Sabha (Jharkhand) MP Nishikant Dubey said, “I had given a notice to raise the Vadra issue in the Lok Sabha on March 15 last year, citing the newspaper article.” He said his demand to suspend question hour was rejected by the Speaker.
A similar effort to raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley was also rejected. “It is not a failure of the Opposition that the Vadra issue could not be raised in parliament last year.
In December 2010, we had disrupted the parliament over the 2G scam and secured A Raja’s resignation,” Dubey said.