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JAMMU: To protest the “rising” inflation, fuel prices, unemployment, and anarchy in J&K, the Congress workers under the leadership of JKPCC Vice President Raman Bhalla , JKPCC Chief Spokesman Ravinder Sharma , Distt Jammu Rural President Hari Singh Chib, NSUI National President Neeraj Kundan, PYC President Uday Bhanu Chib, former MLA Shiv Dav Singh, NSUI State President Sunny Parihar on Wednesday organized Dharna protest against BJP government in Bishnah.The protest was organized by PCC Secretary Shashi Sharma. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Pawan Raina, Dawarka Choudhary, Vijay Tagotra, Latish Sharma, Happy Randhawa, Karan Bhagat, MR Puri, Bharat Bushan, Narinder Sharma, Kalla Shah, Rajesh Sharma, Vijander Singh Deepu, Mull Raj Sharma, Balbir Kumar, Prithvi Singh, Vijay Shastri, Rahul Sharma, Vishu Sharma, Rajesh Bhanu, Satpal Mandi beside others.Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla criticized the government over the fuel price hike. He said BJP government has embarked upon merciless destruction of people’s livelihood which have already been severely assaulted both by the pandemic and the unplanned, unilaterally announced and totally mismanaged policies and programmes in J&K.He accused the government of deliberately increasing petrol and diesel price.He demanded that the central government to sharply reduce its excise duties, on petroleum products, which are amongst the highest in the world today, and provide relief to the people. Former Minister said the Modi government has completely failed in keeping its promises to the people of India. The need of the hour is for different parties to set aside their differences and come together. “Time has come to change this government,” he said.He said it is necessary to make the government understand that they have completely failed to serve the nation. Congress leader said that on one hand government was increasing taxes as well as prices of petroleum products and gas that made life of the low income group miserable. He said that unemployment was increasing but government failed to devise an effective economic plan for solution of the core issues.Bhalla slammed the government for changing the focus of the budget from welfare of the people to elections. While expressing concern over the widening fiscal deficit, the Congress leader said the common man will be badly affected with the increase in the target of union excise duty at Rs 3,61,000 crore during the 2021-22 fiscal from Rs 2,67,000 crore last year.“Due to coronavirus pandemic, the income of the common man has been badly affected and the government is increasing excise duty and central GST,” he said, adding that the government had reduced fund allocation for rural local bodies and fertilizer subsidy. The Congress leader urged the government to speed up the COVID-19 vaccination drive, saying that at the current pace, it would take 18 years to achieve 100 per cent vaccination in the country. We decry the politics of hate and divide, as Congress believes all-time relevant slogan of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist Unity,” he said, cautioning the people against “divisive politics being played by BJP which has already alienated all sections of society from the mainstream.
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