Cong to check RSS penetration in rural areas

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2014 20:19 IST

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, on Saturday, called upon the Panchayati Raj Rural Development Cell of the party to confront the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the rural areas to stop its penetration.

Addressing a meeting of the party cell here at Congress Bhavan, the PPCC chief cautioned the people, saying the infiltration by the communal force was a matter of grave concern as it might create tension in the sensitive state which could not afford any damage to its fragile social fabric.

He asserted the party would not allow peace to be disturbed by such divisive and sectarian forces whose rise in the border state was a matter of concern.

Bajwa slammed the Akali Dal-BJP government for being anti-farmer and said their real face had been exposed during the paddy procurement season. He said the BJP was an urban-centric party which had no concern for rural areas. Comparing the present situation with that under the UPA, he pointed out that the prices of wheat and paddy had increased by about `700 per quintal from 2004 to 2013 while the increase earlier under the BJP-led NDA was just `60 from 1999 to 2004.

Bajwa also criticised the hike in diesel rate in Punjab. He said while the diesel prices in the world market were decreasing sharply, the SAD-BJP government had increased VAT on diesel. He added the move would be opposed by the Congress.

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