JAMMU: The police had a tough time today to foil a march of the Congress workers leading towards Raj Bhawan led by JKPCC Working President Raman Bhalla along with senior leaders. A large number of Congress leaders and activists of DCC Urban & Rural and Frontal Wings including Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, Seva Dal, NSUI and other Cells, carrying Congress flags and play cards and raising slogans held as massive protest demonstration at Shaheedi Chowk against the record breaking rise in price of petrol, diesel, LPG and other essential commodities due to unprecedented tax terrorism of BJP Govt., besides large scale unemployment and glaring irregularities in the draft report of Delimitation Commission.
They took out a march towards the Raj Bhawan, a heavy contingent of Police had a tough time to prevent the protestors march at Residency Road. The senior leadership of the party also prevented the young cadre from forcibly proceeding ahead and peacefully continued their protest for over one hour.
Led by JKPCC Working President Raman Bhalla, a large number of Congress activists including PCC Vice President Kanta Bhan, General Secretaries Yogesh Sawhney( Ex-Minister), Th. Balwan Singh (Ex-MLA), Th. Manmohan Singh, Indu Pawar, Shiv Kumar Sharma , Kuldeep Raj Verma, Krishan Lal Gupta, Pawan Raina, Shashi Sharma, Thomas Khokhar, Satish Sharma, Pranav Shagotra, Uday Bhanu Chib, Sunny Parihar, Vijay Sharma, Dr. Karan Bhagat, Suresh Dogra, Rajveer Singh, Swarn Singh, Gajjan Singh, Sahil Sharma, Ch. Hussain Ali Waffa, Nassir Masih, Corporators Dawarka Choudhary, Ritu Choudhary, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Rashpal Bhardwaj beside others participated in the protest.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla attacked the LG Govt and the central government, saying regular hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel add to the “sky-rocketing expenses” of households.”The Modi government at the Centre and the LG government in J&K were reveling at the misery of the people, without taking any corrective measures, as they were making enormous profits from fuel price hikes,” Bhalla said.
The Congress leader questioned BJP Govt on the steps taken to control the price hike.
Addressing the gathering General Secretaries PCC Yogesh Sawhney and Manmohan Singh lashed out at the BJP Govt. for crushing the poor and the common man under huge taxes leading to record price rise, property tax, large scale unemployment and arbitrary downgrading of the historical state.
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