Protesting against the recent bus fare hike by the Himachal government, over 300 activists and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a protest dharna raising anti-government slogans at Gandhi Chowk here on Thursday.
Senior BJP leader and former Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal led the protest dharna, in which prominent leaders like district BJP chief Vijay Agnihotri and former MLA Urmila Thakur also participated.
Later, the district BJP leaders also submitted a memorandum demanding immediate rollback of the hiked bus fare to the Hamirpur deputy commissioner.
Blasting off the Congress government for taking anti-people decisions, Dhumal alleged that the recent hike in bus fare was one of the steepest that had broken the backbone of the common man. He said the Congress government woke up to reduce the minimum bus fare from `5 to `3 under pressure of the BJP.
Earlier, the minimum bus fare was Rs. 2.
The former chief minister said the people of the state had not seen such an inefficient and incapable government since the India got Independence. The chief minister and his cabinet colleagues were rushing to New Delhi almost every week demanding relief from the central government, but without any result, he said, adding, this showed the lack of faith between the two (the center and the state).
He gave a clarion call to the people in general and party workers in particular to oppose all anti-people policies of the state government and oust the Congress party from power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Dhumal alleged that the state government was holding resentful attitude towards elected representatives of other parties, which was evident from registration of cases against Anurag Thakur and Rajeev Bindal. These people had committed no crime and would come out unscratched, he added.
The BJP leader said while common man was the worst hit by the non-availability of items of daily consumption at fair price shops across the state, the state government had decided to have new and costly vehicles for himself and his ministers. It was shocking that such decisions were being taken at the cost of common man, he added.
Dhumal said the days of the state government were numbered and it would fall by its own weight once the results of the Lok sabha elections were declared.
Hamirpur district BJP chief Vijay Agnihotri, said the party would continue to organise such dharnas and processions in other parts of the district to expose the actual face of the Congress government to the public.