"What was the need to increase CNG prices when a new government is to take over in Delhi. It raises suspicions about their intention. I will look at the files once I take over on Friday and see if the hike can be rolled back," Kejriwal said here.
    
The AAP leader will be sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday.

The autorickshaw drivers in the city have threatened a strike demanding revision of fare in the wake of the hike in CNG prices. A significant section of auto drivers had extended support to AAP in the Delhi Assembly election.

"They (auto drivers) have been associated with us for a long time... When I take charge on Saturday, I will hold consultations with them and try to find out a solution. We cannot rule out the possibility of a hike in auto fares in Delhi, if necessary," Kejriwal told reporters, while commenting on the unhappiness among the autorickshaw drivers following the CNG rate hike.

READ MORE: CNG price hiked by Rs 4.50 per kg in Delhi; 2nd increase in 3 months

Price of CNG or compressed natural gas was hiked by 4.50 per kg on Thursday. It was the second price hike of CNG in last three months.
    
CNG will now cost Rs 50.10/kg in Delhi and Rs 56.70/kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) has said.

The hike came into effect from Thursday midnight.

READ MORE: CNG rate increase due to court orders: IGL

Delhi Government has a five percent stake in IGL and can at best subsidize the hike which it cannot rollback on its own.
    
The IGL on Friday said the rate increase was forced by court orders that had led to cut in allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas.
    
Meanwhile, commenting on a sting operation carried out by a news channel purportedly showing that files were being torn, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said it was the Chief Secretary's responsibility to take care of files.
    
"This also shows there is large scale corruption in these departments and officials who are seeking transfer are understood to have been involved in it," he said.

 

(Agencies)

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Kejriwal questions CNG price hike, says auto fares may be reviewed

 

New Delhi: Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal on Friday questioned the move by the Centre to hike CNG prices when a new government was to assume power in Delhi.

 

Kejriwal suggested that autorickshaw fares in the national capital may be revised.

 

"What was the need to increase CNG prices when a new government is to take over in Delhi? It raises suspicions about their intention. I will look at the files once I take over tomorrow and see if the hike can be rolled back," Kejriwal said.

 

The CNG rate in the national capital was on Thursday raised by Rs 4.50 per kg, the second increase in three months.

 

CNG will now cost Rs 50.10/kg in Delhi and Rs 56.70/kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) has said.