By SM.10 Jan, 2020
CHANDIGARH: Workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held a massive protest outside Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh"s home in Chandigarh today over electricity rates in the state. The police had to use water cannons on the workers.
The show of strength by the AAP, which is in main opposition party in Punjab, comes after protests by the Shiromani Akali Dal against the Congress government over the issue of power tariff.
AAP leader Bhagwant Mann led the protest outside Amarinder Singh"s home.
Punjab"s electricity board increased the power prices by 2.14 percent for 2019-20 in May last year.
Arvind Kejriwal"s AAP, which is eyeing a second term in Delhi, with its promise of cheap power bills, water, health and education.
In August last year, Kejriwal had announced that people of Delhi will not be billed if they use no more than 200 units of electricity a month. It costs he government Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,000 crore annually on power subsidy, the Chief Minister had said.
Since AAP came to power in February 2015, the Delhi government has been providing 50 per cent subsidy on power bills, making good on one of its main campaign promises.