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Delhi: AAP calls off stir after Sheila Dikshit accepts protest letters

Press Trust of India
Apr 28, 2013 at 07:14pm IST

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday called off its protest march to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence after she "agreed" to receive 10.5 lakh protest letters on "inflated" power and water bills but it announced gherao of the residences of Delhi MLAs in May.

The party also announced it will have 71 manifestos for the Assembly elections - one main and one each for 70 constituencies. After Dikshit's office accepted to receive the letters, AAP decided to call off their march but gathered at Jantar Mantar. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party had earlier threatened to go ahead with the march if Dikshit refused to receive the letters.

"They came and gave eight to ten bags full of papers saying these are certain letters. When my office opens on Monday, we will go through them and see what should be done," Dikshit told PTI.

AAP calls off stir after Delhi CM accepts protest letters

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party had earlier threatened to go ahead with the march if Sheila Dikshit refused to receive the letters.

AAP leaders said they have attained their "first victory" when they got a call this morning and the Chief Minister agreed to receive the protest letters written by 10.5 lakh Delhiites.

The letters were handed over at Dikshit's residence in the afternoon by a delegation led by Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh and Manish Sisodia. Kejriwal said the protest would not cease until the prices of power and water are reduced. He said the party will prepare 71 manifestos in total - one for each constituency and one main manifesto for Delhi. "The local constituency-wise manifesto would address problems faced by people in that constituency and would be made by interacting with them," he said.

He also announced that on May 19 the party would gherao the local MLAs irrespective of the party they belong.

"People would go to the houses of their local MLAs and ask them what were they doing when prices of water and electricity were being unfairly hiked," Kejriwal said.

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