BJP's electricity rally a gimmick: Delhi minister

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf Saturday said the opposition BJP's "Bijli (electricity) Rally" the day after was a "political gimmick" to fool the people ahead of the assembly elections.

"Their power rally is nothing but a political gimmick. People in Delhi are smart and intelligent. This is not going to help the BJP at all," Yusuf told IANS.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit will organise a "Bijli Rally" Sunday to protest the Delhi government's power tariff hike and present a 10-point formula for bringing down electricity rates in the city by 30 percent.

BJP's national president Rajnath Singh along with senior party leaders will address the rally at the Ramlila Maidan.

Yusuf slammed the BJP and said: "If they are so keen on reducing power rates, why don't they ask their leader Narendra Modi to show them the path. If they can do a miracle in slashing power prices, people would be grateful to them."

The BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party have alleged collusion between private power distribution companies and the Delhi government.

The allegedly inflated electricity bills have become a political issue in the election year.


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