The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held a massive protest on January 10 in the city of Chandigarh against the repeated hikes in power tariff in the state of Punjab and the failure of the Congress government to abrogate the purchase agreements signed with private power producers.
The protest took place outside the residence of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh. More than thousands of Aam Aadmi Party workers gathered outside the Chief Minister’s residence and started protesting. They claimed that the power rates in Punjab were increased by 36 paisa a unit which was in effect from January 1, 2020, for the domestic consumers. They also alleged that the power consumers are forced to pay between Rs 9 and Rs 12 a unit which is much higher as compared to the electricity rates in other states.
According to the reports, the protesters took out a march till the Chief Minister’s residence as they were planning to surround the official residence of Captain Amarinder Singh. Police forces were later deployed in the area to control the situation. Soon clashes broke out between the protesters and the police forces after hundreds of AAP workers were stopped from heading towards the residence as the police resorted to the use of water cannons to stop the protesters. It turned out to be a grim situation in the area as many protesters managed to dodge the Chandigarh Police forces barricade and continued their march towards the CM’s residence but they were stopped a short distance away. So, the protesters later sat on the road and raised slogans against the Congress government till they were detained.
Many party workers sustained injuries during the protest because of the water cannon and several party workers were taken into custody by the police. The injurers were later shift to the hospital for medical attention.
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