A bandh was observed in the city on Friday in protest against the proposed property tax. The call was given by Property Tax Virodhi Sangharash Committee, comprising members of various political and social outfits. All commercial establishments except for chemist shops and small vends remained closed.
Sangharash Committee activists had taken out a march in the city a day before and appealed for support. Their call received tremendous response as no business was conducted on Friday. "People of the state are upset because of the tax. The ruling alliance tried to sabotage the bandh, but people have shown solidarity for a common cause," said Socialist Party (India) leader Balwant Singh Khera, while addressing a rally organised in the Clock Tower Chowk.
He called upon all the municipal councilors to tender their resignations in protest against the proposed levy that would affect all sections of the society.
CPI(M) leader Darshan Singh Mattoo said that people were already reeling under high inflation. Any new tax would break their backbone, he added, asking government to cut its lavish spending on official helicopter, luxury vehicles and the like to fill its empty coffers.
Aam Aadmi Party's national executive member Naveen Jairth and Social Democratic Party president Jai Gopal Dhiman and representatives of CPI, Peoples Party of Punjab, Saini Jagriti Manch, SAD (Amritsar), Jamhoori Adhikar Sabha and Shiv Sena (Bal Thakre) also addressed the rally.