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VIJAYPUR: Seeking a rollback of increased prices of LPG cylinder, petrol and diesel and in an attempt to attract the attention of the Central Government on rising inflation, Congress workers under the leadership of former Minister and JKPCC Vice President Raman Bhalla and JKPCC Chief Spokesman Ravinder Sharma, Chairman J&K Congress Sewadal Rajesh Sadhotra on Saturday held protest and took out a protest march at Vijaypur, Samba.
The protest was organized by Congress Sewa Dal District led by President Samba Dharampal.
Prominent among those present on the occasion include Babal Gupta, Sanjeev Sharma, Rajan Sharma(Councilor), Vijay Sharma Babbi, Tirath Bhagat, Jagpreet Kour (Adv), Latish Sharma, Bishan, Ch. Rashpal, Ch. Raghubir Singh, Inderpal Singh, Tamana Heer, Rajni Devi, Karam Chand Bhagat, Balak Ram Sharma, Prem Chand, Anita Sharma, Sanjay Manhas, Amit Dogra, Chanchal Dogra, Anita Sharma, Sunder Dass, , Jagdish Chail, Rani Devi, Soma Devi, Beena Khanna, Jyoti Sharm, beside others.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said this government does not care for its poor people and is bent on making their lives tougher and more miserable. If the government does not give heed to our protests and keep increasing fuel prices then obviously we will continue taking to the streets.
He said that BJP Govt had promised during its election campaign to control prices of essential commodities but hiked prices to the level that poor people facing utmost hardships to feed their families.
He said the party would continue to protest until the government withdrew the price hikes. It would also protest against the government’s other “anti-people” policies. To raise the price of petrol when it had gone down in the international market was an injustice, he said. He said the party would force the government to end its “cruel policies”.
The rulers want to suck the blood from the common man, he added. The Congress was committed to the welfare of the general public and would help them raise their voice, he added. He said that the BJP government had performed poorly in office. During the government’s more than six years in office, it has hit the country with an economic bomb .He said the government by raising petroleum and electricity prices at regular intervals has broken all previous records .
Former Minister further said that by increasing the price of petrol, diesel mustard oil and other essential commodities the Central Government has forced the poor and lower middle class to lead a hellish life. “The increase in the price of petrol has also increased the cost of transport freight and food items. This way the Central Government is working to force people to face double burden. The Central Government should immediately take steps to minimise prices of essential commodities so that poor can live their life. Otherwise we are forced to protest against this in a more fierce way,” he added.
He said that the Central Government has bowed down to the private companies. The price increase is a result of the high-handedness of these companies. He said that the Central Government should leave giving excuses and take back the increase of the essential commodities in the interest of the people of the Country.
JKPCC Chief Spokesman Ravinder Sharma said that BJP Govt. is looting the poor people by tax terrorism, as unprecedented tax collections have put the poor and common people on the mat. The 32. 90% excise duty per liter on petrol and 31.98 duty on diesel by the Centre in addition to VAT by the State/UT Governments is totally unjustified and highest in the last 70 years. The Modi Govt. is insensitive to the plight of poor and common man and the LPG rates have gone more than double. In addition Cash tax, toll tax and other such charges are the tax terrorism.