Congress activists from the Gurdaspur assembly constituency held a protest rally at Hanuman Chowk and took out a protest march in main markets here on Tuesday to protest against the "anti-people policies" of the SAD-BJP government.
Led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member Raman Bahl, the activists submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner.
Addressing the rally, Bahl said it was a matter of shame for the SAD-BJP government that it was still trying to defame the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the Centre that had allocated even more funds than Punjab deserved.
Bahl said interestingly the Modi government, to which the SAD is a partner, had refused any grants to Punjab for its developmental projects.
Bahl said the Punjab government had demanded a compensation of `26,000 crore for the loss and damage to the paddy crop by floods and untimely rains.
He said the Modi government had not released any funds for compensating the farmers concerned and the grants released by the Centre of `7,921 crore for executing diversification in crops and `4,900 crore for repairs of the canals were too paltry.
Bahl regretted that the state government's demand of increasing the percentage of the recruitment of the Punjabis in the Indian Army was rejected by the Centre.
Bahl said in a lighter vein that the centre had asked the state government to reduce its own expenses to save money for the developmental projects.
Bahl reminded the Badal government of its unfulfilled election promises of giving unemployment allowance to the 10 lakh educated youth of the state,raising the amount of welfare pensions etc.Bahl said that unprecented price rise had lowered the purchasing power of the people of Punjab.
Bahl asserted that Badal government had failed in controlling the activities of sand and land mafias and the mennace of addiction to drugs.He also condemned the Badal government for introducing property tax and raising the power tariff rate.
Bahl accused the Badal government of politicising the state police and denying the people of justice in the police stations which were virtually working directly under the ruling party leaders.Bahl asked the people to support the Congress in its fight against the 'despotic' regime of the SAD-BJP Alliance.