New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday made a veiled attack on Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of trying to build his political future by "misleading" people on the issue of hike in power tariff in Delhi.

Without naming Kejriwal, Dikshit, addressing a public function at Nangloi in West Delhi, said certain elements were trying to rake up the power tariff issue for their political gain by "misleading" the citizens of Delhi.

"These elements have been trying to mislead people on the issue of power tariff for their political gain. They get the media coverage very easily and they are trying to capitalize on it for their political future," Dikshit said.

Dikshit shown black flags by public

On her way to the meeting venue, Dikshit was shown black flags by a group of people while two women tried to disrupt the proceedings at the rally by shouting slogans against hike in power tariff.

This is for third day in a row, Dikshit faced protest on the issue of power tariff. The Chief Minister said the person who is leading the agitation stays in border area of Uttar Pradesh(UP) where the power is supplied to the people for not more than 4 hours daily against 24 hours electricity supply in Delhi.     

"People of the city know all these things and we are confident that the citizens will not allow themselves to be influenced by these elements," Dikshit said also accusing BJP of trying to politicise the issue of power tariff.

Kejriwal had launched a 'bijli paani' movement against the inflated power and water bills last week while BJP yesterday lodged a police complaint against Dikshit and a number of senior officials from Delhi government and private power distribution companies alleging that a conspiracy was hatched in 2010 to stall the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission's (DERC) move to cut tariff by 23 percent.

Dikshit was addressing the function after launching a project to repair and strengthen 103 major roads which were taken over from MCD by the Delhi government, at a cost of Rs 500 crores.

On Friday, the Chief Minister was booed and a slipper was hurled at her at a public function in Nand Nagri area of the city in North East Delhi while yesterday she was again showed black flag at a function in Mustafabad. The angry protesters hurled eggs at her.

Strict security arrangements were made today at the meeting venue in Nangloi in view of the repeated protests the Chief Minister faced in last two days. In her speech, Dikshit highlighted various achievements of her government and said it was doing everything possible for over all welfare of the poor people.

She said government has already regularised 895 unauthorised colonies and the remaining such settlements will also be regularised soon. The Delhi government had issued provisional regularization certificates to 1639 unauthorised colonies ahead of the assembly election in 2008.

"We work for the people, we work for the society, our government will not allow demolition of a single house in the unauthorised colony. We are in the process of regularising the remaining colonies soon," Dikshit said while adding that Delhi government has been drawing inspiration to regularise the colony from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had also regularised such settlements during her regime.

Addressing the function, West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra said Congress has been wrongly targeted on various issues. He also said that Congress will come to power in Delhi for fourth consecutive term when the Assembly election will be held next year.


(Agencies)


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