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SUNDERBANI: Accusing the BJP government of having failed to address the problems of the people, senior Congress leaders led by JKPCC Chief GA Mir along with Mulla Ram, Ravinder Sharma Ashok Sharma, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Rajnish Sharma, Hari Singh Chib, Sain Abdul Rashid, Qayoom Mir both DDC members besides others on Saturday held a massive protest march in Sunderbani against unbearable hike in petroleum products making people clueless how to manage family affairs amidst worst ever economic crisis in country. The protesters holding placards took out protest March from Dak bungalow to main Bus stand raising slogans against BJP Govt and demanding immediate rollback of hiked prices of petrol, diesel & LPG besides food inflation which is breaking previous record on daily basis. The protest is part of a 45-day programme chalked out by the Congress against the increased fuel prices.Earlier impressed by policies and programmes of Congress party standing with all those who are in need, several prominent persons including Nain Chand Sharma Retd DFO, Babu Ram Bhagat, Hem Raj Raina, Raj Kumar Raina, Bhupinder Prasher, Chuni Lal Sharma, Balraj Sharma, Loknath Raina joined Congress party during an impressive gathering in Sunderwani. Prominent among those who addressed gathering on the occasion include Block President DN Sharma, Tirth Ram Sharma, Chanbder Bakshi, Sarpanch Kishori Dutt (Lamberi) KL Sudan, Adv Manak Raina,Yograj Sharma,Vinod Sharma, Novel Sharma, Ajeet Singh,Sarbjeet Sharma,Ashok Kumar,Patel Kumar,Vikram Verma ,Surya Parkash Raina beside others.Addressing massive public gathering, Mir said that Since BJP took over in 2014, the miseries of the people of Jammu and Kashmir have increased manifolds. He said that all the promises made to the people prior to the Assembly elections of 2014 remained unfulfilled. Nearly seven years have passed but they have failed to fulfill any of the promises, be it the problems faced by the border residents, be it the problems faced by the farmers, be it the problems of Refugees and Kashmiri Pandits, this government has done nothing to address those problems,” JKPCC Chief said. While attacking the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the centre, Mir said that since the change of guard happened in New Delhi, the prices of essential commodities have increased manifold. Mir claimed that after mirror shown to BJP in recently concluded DDC elections where it could win only 75 out of 280 seats, it is day dreaming and befooling people and BJP can never come to power in J&K again.“The prices of essential commodities have increased and it has become difficult for not only the poor but also the middle class to afford these. The ever increasing inflation is taking a toll on the common masses of this country,” he said. JKPCC Chief said the hike on essentials items have pushed the people to the wall, despite the failure of the Centre Govt to contain the price hike, Prime Minister is making false claims about the development of the Country, but the people of the country have realized that the Nation has suffered immensely on every count during nearly seven years rule of BJP Govt. He lashed out at BJP for giving lies and deceit to people rather than fulfilling the promise Narinder Modi has made to people, as a result, there is a large-scale resentment among the people in the entire Country.Mir said Congress has launched a protest campaign from February 15 to March 30 to invite the attention of the government towards the people’s worsening plight amid the rising prices of essential commodities.”We will take this campaign to every nook and corner of the Union Territory and force the government to provide relief to the people,” he said.Mir also criticized the Jammu and Kashmir administration for proposing property tax and said ?every now and then, a gift is given to the people in the shape of new taxes to make their lives miserable.”We are facing tax terrorism and will agitate any move to impose the property tax. They have already imposed taxes on the people for using roads, water and electricity,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader Mulla Ram slammed the Modi regime, accusing it of “deliberately” letting the prices of essential commodities spiral.JKPCC Chief Spokesman Ravinder Sharma in his address lambasted the Centre for “decimating” small and medium businesses resulting in millions of job and livelihood losses across various sectors of economy. Underscoring the fact that Manmohan Singh, when he was the Prime Minister, never let the prices of oil rise even when the crude oil became costly in the international market, he pointed out that despite the low crude prices internationally the Modi government has not even passed on the benefit of the low price to the publicFormer Minister Shabir Khan speaking on the occasion said, People should come forward against anti-people policies of the BJP-led government. The BJP government is here to sell India and increase the burden of tax on public.
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