New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that the proposed amendment to the Electricity Act 2003 were aimed at benefiting the big power companies that are known to the Centre. “The Centre will be able to give benefits to the power companies close to them. The timing of these amendments is suspicious. It is rumoured that these power companies would return favours by providing funds for elections,” Kejriwal said, while addressing a press conference at his residence.

The Bill, expected to be passed in the winter session of the Parliament, just a few months before elections, will also increase crony capitalism and monopoly, Kejriwal asserted.  Terming the proposed  amendment to the act as ‘anti-people’ and ‘anti-federal’, Kejriwal further said that the bill would lead to huge tariff hikes and will result in complete control of the Centre over the power sector and total exclusion of the states.

Kejriwal also said that he would launch a movement against the amendment to stall its passage in the Rajya Sabha. “We will go to the people, telling them that Modi ji is sold to the power companies,” Kejriwal said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also hit back at Amit Shah for his remarks wherein he had claimed that people of the national capital are deprived of the central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme due to “non- cooperation” of AAP-led Delhi govt. He challenged Shah to an open debate on the work done by the AAP government in three years in Delhi.

“I challenge him for an open debate on our three years’ work in education, health, power, road and water supply with BJP’s 27 years’ work in Gujarat and over four years’ work at the Centre. We are ready for the debate,” he said.

He added,”Amit Shah has said we have done nothing in Delhi. I want to say that we did not help Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi flee the country, we did not make a Rafale deal,” the AAP leader said. He also said there cannot be a better thing than people voting on the basis of the government’s work.

Notably, Kejriwal’s reaction comes a day after Shah had attacked Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and had said that due to its “non- cooperation” the people of the national capital are deprived of the central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme. Addressing a gathering, Shah had stated that the Delhi Chief Minister is scared that if the scheme is implemented then the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will increase.