The Sunam unit of the Congress burnt an effigy of the state government, protesting against the introduction of the e-TRIP scheme for traders and the regularisation charges proposed to be levied on illegal colonies.
Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla led the protest. Sunam is the constituency of finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa.
"The SAD-BJP government has made a habit of coming out with new draconian ideas to harass business community, without making any attempt to know the exact situation," Singla said.
The protesters alleged that state government, which is hand-in-glove with sand and gravel mafia, was unable to control the movement of trucks, while small traders were being harassed on one pretext or the other.
They also questioned the rationale of recent purchases of vehicles and helicopter for the CM.
The protesters claimed that such was the dissonance and dissent within the government that on some issues, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and state BJP president Kamal Sharma had expressed contrasting views. They also demanded the sacking of industry minister Anil Joshi, who had recently termed traders as thieves and their leaders as 'middle-men'.
All India Congress Committee member Aman Arora and others also lashed out heavily at the government.