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Visuals from AAP protest in Chandigarh on Friday.
(Image Courtesy: ANI)

On Friday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members and workers, led by MP Bhagwant Mann, staged a protest outside Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s residence alleging high power tariff in the state, forcing police to use water cannons to disperse the crowd.

The protests by AAP, which is the main opposition party in the state, come after the Shiromani Akali Dal cornered the Congress government over tariffs.

“People of Punjab are facing difficulties due to high power rates. Electricity rates are higher in Punjab than any other states of India,” Mann told reporters.

The AAP members, who wanted to meet Amarinder Singh to submit a memorandum against the power hike, were stopped from getting any closer to Chief Minister’s home. Chandigarh Police had already barricaded the road with the deployment of a huge force leading to the Chief Minister’s residence.

The electricity board of Punjab increased the power prices by 2.14 per cent for 2019-20 in May last year. They were then raised by 36 paise a unit from January 1 for domestic consumers.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur also raised the issue of electricity rates in the state.

“Cong govt is breaking Punjabis’ backs to fill its coffers. People in Bathinda villages are getting a whopping Rs 2.5L power bills. Amarinder Singh, you can’t cover losses caused by your govt’s Rs 4,100cr #CoalScam at people’s cost. SAD will protect every Punjabi you’re trying to rob,” Kaur tweeted.

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