To launch offensive against the SAD-BJP government, the opposition Congress during its block level meetings highlighted increase in prices of essential drugs ahead of the Prime Minister Narender Modi's US visit, here on Thursday.
Patiala rural MLA Brahm Mohindra asked the Congress workers to make people aware of the "Modi government that had removed 108 medicines from the list of essential drugs to please companies of the US".
Mohindra alleged that anti-cancer glavic which was earlier available at `8,500 in the UPA tenure, was now costing `1,08,000. Similarly, blood pressure medicines and other medicines prices had increased manifold. This was done to please US-based multi-national companies, he alleged.
The party also raised the issue of transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab and said that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should lead all party delegation to meet the Prime Minister for seeking immediate transfer of Chandigarh.
"Don't expect achhe din for Punjab as the SAD-BJP alliance has soured and it has brought bure din (bad days) for Punjab. Modi is not giving grants or projects to the state. Farmers are awaiting purchase of their crops, while employees are not getting salaries regularly. Let's spread awareness among masses that Manmohan Singh was better PM than Modi," Mohindra said.
The district Congress had also passed a resolution to condemn the SAD-BJP over distress sale of paddy in the state as farmers were not getting payments after selling crops. The party also criticised the government over `50 hike in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by terming it meager.
In the urban unit meetings, Patiala MLA Preneet Kaur criticised the state government for hiking Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel prices. She said VAT on petrol and diesel in Punjab was among highest in the country. She also attacked the government over imposing punitive taxes on the residents of colonies.
A similar meeting was also held in other assembly constituencies of Patiala, where the Congressmen were asked to spread awareness among masses about the "wrongdoings" of SAD-BJP government.