New Delhi: Social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday ended his fourteen-day-long hunger strike. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was on a hunger strike since March 23 against the alleged inflated water and power bills due to corruption.

Breaking his fast, Kejriwal said, "Delhi has woken up and the upcoming Assembly Election will be fought on the issue of electricity and water."

Kejriwal claimed that his fast for the nation and not for power. "Had I been power-hungry, I would not have sat on fast," he said.

Kejriwal also said that days of Congress government in Delhi led by Sheila Dikshit are numbered. "I am grateful to all those who participated in the movement. After my fast, one thing is certain that assembly election in Delhi will be fought on the issue of power and water," said Kejriwal, who was given coconut water by a girl called Neeru amid cheers.

Kejriwal said that the government which cannot make water and power available for its people has no right to rule.

Kejriwal also said that he would have wanted Anna Hazare to end his hunger strike. "I wanted to break my fast with Anna Hazare but he is busy with his nationwide tour. He has sent his blessings," said a visibly weak Kejriwal.

Addressing AAP supporters in Sunder Nagri in east Delhi on Friday, he had said, "Nearly 10.5 lakh people have signed the petition agreeing that the government is fleecing them with inflated electricity and water bill. During this campaign we have reached poorest of the poor."

"More than the number of people who voted for her (Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit) are now asking her to reduce the rates of electricity and water. If she believes in democracy, I think she should do what they are asking," he said.

Hinting about the next stage of his protest, Kejriwal said the volunteers of AAP would help residents of Delhi to reconnect the power supply to homes which are without electricity because of unpaid bills.

"The party's volunteers would go door-to-door for restoring electricity connections of poor people in Delhi," he added.



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