IN RESPONSE to the BJP Mahila Morcha’s call, women formed a human chain from the Roshanpura Square to Avantibai Square on Saturday morning to protest against the UPA Government’s alleged wrong economic policies and price rise.
Addressing Mahila Morcha workers, State BJP organisation general secretary Makhan Singh accused the Centre of failing in arresting price rise and inflation. Later, a Mahila Morcha delegation submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor. The memorandum demanded that economic policies be made more people-friendly and be modified by the Centre.
State BJP Mahila Morcha general secretary Seema Singh, vice-president Sarita Deshpandey, secretary Krishna Gaur and district president Asha Jain were part of the delegation.
According to a BJP press statement, nearly two lakh women formed human chains at various places in the State to protest against price rise. State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar and state Mahila Morcha president Anju Makhija addressed a protest rally in Indore while state BJP vice-president Maya Singh attended and participated in the rally in Gwalior.
State BJP general secretaries Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan and Bhupendra Singh addressed Mahila Morcha rallies in Jabalpur and Sagar respectively. State BJP general secretary Faggan Singh Kulaste in Mandla and vice-president Anil Dave in Ujjain also criticised the Centre for price rise in Morcha rallies.
However, the Congress on Saturday described the human chain programme as a flop, adding that one major reason for price rise of different commodities in Madhya Pradesh was the local tax imposed by the State Government.
State Congress spokesperson Manak Agrawal said t Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should think in terms of reducing rates of local tax before criticising the Union Government for price rise.
He further said as far as export of onion was concerned, the Union Government stopped it as soon as prices of onion started rising. There was been a drop in the wholesale prices of onion in one night, he claimed.