Led by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MP from Hisar, Dushyant Chautala, a delegation of party leaders on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Haryana governor demanding rollback of the hike in VAT on diesel and a special session of Haryana assembly to discuss the demands of various groups of agitating employees in the state.
Prior to submitting the memorandum, Dushyant and INLD state president Ashok Arora told newspersons that the two resolutions pertaining to the demand of VAT rollback and a special assembly session was passed by the party state executive as well as INLD MLAs earlier in the day.
The INLD leaders said that the ruling BJP government in Haryana had put additional burden of over Rs 1,500 crore on the people by hiking the VAT and power tariff, thus causing steep rise in prices of various other commodities.
They said various groups of employees, including guest teachers, computer assistants, farmers, traders and even ex-servicemen were agitating because of anti-people functioning of the BJP government.
POLICE BLOCK PROTEST MARCH
As a large number of INLD workers, led by Dushyant, attempted to take out a protest march to the Raj Bhawan, the UT police stopped them near the MLAs' hostel, Sector 3, in the wake of imposition of section 144 of CrPC in the area. The INLD workers attempted to push their way through the police barricades but the cops managed to stop them there.
The police, however, allowed only a party delegation, comprising MLAs and Dushyant, to submit a memorandum to the governor. The police had blocked the both sides of the road leading to the Raj Bhawan for about half-an-hour, thereby causing inconvenience to a large number of people commuting through the area.
'PARINEETI, NOT RIGHT CHOICE'
When asked to react on the state government's decision to appoint film actress Parineeti Chopra as the brand ambassador for 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'' programme, Dushyant said that it was not a right move as it would have been better had the state government chosen any of the girls who had brought laurels in sports in international games.
"It is also shocking to see that the state government was lathi-charging a large number of women guest teachers and other employees", he said and added that it seemed that the state government's slogan was "Beti Padhao, Beti Pitayo'' (Teach daughers, get them beaten).