Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said party legislators will boycott the Budget on Monday protesting against their suspension from House. He also condemned the lathicharge on Congress activists on Tuesday.
Congress activists also staged protest across the state against the recent tariff hike in power.
Pilot said it was unfortunate that state Youth Congress (YC) chief Ashok Chandna, who is also an MLA was stopped from entering the assembly and was beaten black and blue by the police. He also refuted the statements made by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria that Chandna was beaten by police and that stone were pelted by Congress activists.
Addressing mediapersons, he said, “Assembly is not a property of the BJP. It is unfortunate that our voice was not heard. For the first time a government has brought a proposal and suspended eight MLAs. The marshals were called and MLAs were pushed out. We condemn the act,” he said.
“After independence it is for the first time such a huge hike in power tariff has been done. Increase of tariff by 17% is an illusion, as under domestic BPL category the raise is by 23% and 50% for others,” claimed Pilot adding, “The government after panchayat polls has increased taxes, tariffs etc. We demand that tariff hike should be rolled back.”
Jitendra Singh warns of stir
Speaking in Alwar, former Congress minister Jitendra Singh has warned the government that if it doesn’t allocate required budget to the previous government’s ongoing schemes, the Congress will launch an agitation from panchayat to district level.
Raising the issue of Land Acquisition Bill and deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Singh alleged that the BJP government was behaving in an indifferent manner and had closed down several projects of the previous UPA government in the district.
In spite of the MoU with the Central government, the Military School has not been opened and work on the Mini Secretariat projects has been stalled. The projects concer ning Metro Rail and bringing Chambal water to Alwar have also been put in cold storage.
Former Alwar MP has warned that if funds were not allocated for these projects in the upcoming state budget, a district wide agitation will be launched.