It was drama outside the office of Delhi's power regulator here today when two groups -- one led by BJP's Vijay Goel and another by Arvind Kejriwal -- assembled there for protest against the power tariff hike.
Goel, who started his protest along with his supporters arrived at around 11 am, invited Kejriwal to his stage but had to face tough questions from the activist who accused the BJP of not taking up the issue seriously.
As Kejriwal walked into the venue, where India Against Corruption activists were also protesting, Goel and BJP workers invited him to the demonstration.
Kejriwal accepted the invitation but took on BJP accusing it of not making public a DERC order which talked about reducing power tariff earlier.
"We have nothing to do with BJP or Congress. On the one hand, Delhi government is hand in glove with discoms. On the other hand, we also have questions for BJP and we would like to ask Goel some questions.
"Is BJP not aware of the DERC recommendation in May, 2010 about reducing power tariff? Delhi government halted it. If they were aware of it, why did not they do it for the past one and half years," he said.
Kejriwal alleged that BJP has a copy of the order but it was not making it public. "Like Congress, BJP is also suppressing facts," he alleged.
Goel countered it and said BJP had raised the issue first. "Whoever will reduce the tariff, I will support them. Even if it is Congress, I will support the move. Whatever DERC has said, it was BJP who raised it first," he said.
The BJP leader first left the venue and after sometime, Kejriwal also left the place, leaving IAC's protest to be led by his associates Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai.
Sisodia denied that IAC tried to upstage BJP in the protest against power tariff, saying that they did not intend to hijack the issue but it was the common man's voice that BJP failed to raise through their "show-off" protest.
"They are no different from the Congress government, the order by former DERC Chairman Birjender Singh to reduce tariff by almost 23 per cent has been sitting with BJP for past one month and yet they have failed to bring it out in public.
"We are not sure what sort of fight they have been leading for past one-and-half years. Congress and BJP is doing nothing but politics on the issue," Sisodia said.
A minor scuffle broke out between IAC activists and police when some of the protestors jumped inside the DERC office complex. However, they were immediately taken out by police deployed outside the office.
In a statement, Goel alleged that Kejriwal is a "new comer" in the protests even as the 'Bijli Andolan' was run by RWAs in the past three years.
"Kejriwal's opposition will only weaken the Bijli Andolan. For the last three years BJP is protesting the tariff hikes at various levels starting from parks, metros, in DTC buses, at a major function at Talkatora stadium etc and at that time Kejriwal was no where to be seen.
"Getting activated in the last one week and challenging, BJP on the issue will only weaken the movement. In fact, the atmosphere of protest against these discoms has been created by BJP and Bijli Andolan only," he added.