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Delhi: Kejriwal ends 14 day-long fast against 'illegal' power tariffs

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Apr 06, 2013 at 06:11pm IST

New Delhi: Without any assurance from the government, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday ended his 14 day-long fast, announcing that the Delhi assembly election will be fought on the issue of water and electricity. Kejriwal had been protesting against the Sheila Dikshit government over what he claims to be 'inflated' power and water bills. Kejriwal said that his fast was for the nation and not for power. "Had I been power-hungry, I would not have sat on fast," he said.

Kejriwal also said that days of Congress government in Delhi led by Sheila Dikshit are numbered. "I am grateful to all those who participated in the movement. After my fast, one thing is certain that assembly election in Delhi will be fought on the issue of power and water," said Kejriwal, who was given coconut water by a girl called Neeru amid cheers.

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Kejriwal said that a government which cannot make water and power available for its people has no right to rule. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was on a hunger strike since March 23 and claimed that his party had over 10 lakh signatures supporting the campaign. The agitation came just months ahead of the assembly elections in Delhi. Kejriwal broke his fast after a letter from social activist Anna Hazare.

(With Additional Inputs From IANS)

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