A number of Congress workers led by Ludhiana district president Pawan Dewan on Friday staged a massive protest demonstration against the recent hike in power tariff.
They demanded rollback of the hiked tariff, and submitted a memorandum in this regard to Punjab governor Shivraj Patil through deputy commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari.
The protestors carrying banners and placards, gathered at the local circuit house after passing through different parts of the city, and staged a dharna at Mini Secretariat before handing over the memorandum to the deputy commissioner.
Addressing the demonstration, Dewan said: "The hike in the power tariff has put an extra burden of Rs1,800 crore on the common man. When there is no power, the state government has no right to hike the tariff."
This was the seventh hike in the last six years of the SAD-BJP rule, he said, adding that it would make electricity unaffordable for the common man.
Criticising the government for its all-round failure, Dewan said the economy was in a mess, pointing out that Rs3.5 lakh government employees were yet to be paid their salaries.
He said the industry was moving out of the state, and the day was not too far when the local industrial focal points would wear a deserted look since the industry was not having power.
He said the days of the government were numbered, and its end would come with the beginning of the Lok Sabaha elections.
Congress leaders, including Hemraj Aggarwal, Rakesh Prashar, Parminder Mehta, Baljinder Bunty, Manpreet Grewal, Palwinder Singh Taggar, Jarnail Shimlapuri, Rakesh Sharma, Gurmukh Singh Mithu, Sham Sunder Malhotra, Amrit Varsha Rampaul and others, were also participated in the demonstration.