Sheila accuses BJP, AAP of ‘misleading people’

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday took a position against the BJP’s protests against the recent power tariff hike in the city by pointing out that her government has already announced a subsidy that will mitigate the impact of the rise in tariffs.

Ms. Dikshit said, despite the hike announced on Friday, power rates in Delhi are much lower compared to other metro cities and in States being ruled by other parties, including the BJP.

She said the government’s immediate decision to offer subsidy in two consumption slabs of 0-200 and 201-400 is a manifestation of her party’s concern for the consumers.

The government has ensured that the consumers in the bracket of 0-200 units would continue to pay Rs.2.70 per unit whereas in the bracket of 201-400 units too they will pay 50 paise less than the existing rate, she said.

She accused the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party of “misleading people” by promising a reduction in the power tariffs by 30 per cent and by urging the consumers not to pay their bills respectively.

Accusing the Opposition of attempting to create chaos, Ms. Dikshit said rate of power in Delhi is Rs.2.70 per unit whereas in Ghaziabad and Noida it is Rs.4.75, in Gurgaon Rs.4.90, in Mumbai it is Rs.4.70 and in Kolkata it is Rs.6.40.