New Delhi: It is Day 11 of Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal's fast against inflated power and water bills in Delhi. The AAP leader has lost 7 kgs during his fast, but his vitals are normal.
However, the activist-turned-politician has promised to go on even as the turnout at his protest rally has been nothing to write home about. The Aam Admi Party has kept the pitch against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit going.
The party claims that the number of 'bijli-pani satyagrahis' who have pledged not to pay the inflated bills had crossed 8.3 lakhs till Monday night. Earlier on Monday, AAP volunteers were stopped by police as they headed to Sheila Dikshit's house to deliver lakhs of letters protesting "inflated water and power bills". Police briefly detained 34 AAP supporters who were protesting outside Dikshit's house.
Police stopped the volunteers in auto-rickshaws at Bhairon Marg near Pragati Maidan, with Arvind Kejriwal's supporters walking alongside. Many of them carried Indian national flags and shouted anti-government slogans.
AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh demanded that Delhi Police allow 272 representatives of each ward in Delhi to move towards Dikshit's house. Police arranged four buses to ferry them but they were dropped off at Indraprasta metro station, AAP said in a statement.
(With additional information from IANS)