Led by former Union minister Preneet Kaur, Congress workers on Monday held a massive anti-government demonstration at Raghomajra to protest against poor civic amenities and imposition of new taxes.
Congress protesters also accused the state government of bias against Patiala district.
Addressing the protesters, Kaur said the state government in the past eight years had not given “a single penny” to Patiala for development.
“Because of the biased attitude of the government, Patiala is lagging in civic amenities,” Kaur said, while listing several failures of the state government and also the Patiala Municipal Corporation.
The former minister warned her party members will take to the streets if the state government still failed to upgrade roads, sewerage and the water supply network.
Congress leader in the municipal corporation Sanjiv Kumar Bittu, party leaders KK Malhotra, besides several others took part in the protest demonstration.
Earlier, Preneet also joined a protest by sugar commodity traders at Gur Mandi, who also submitted a memorandum to the former minister.
Preneet said at a time when recession has hit Punjab’s business and trade activities, the new taxes imposed by the government will prove more fatal and force businessmen to migrate from the state.
“After presenting a tax-free budget, the SAD-BJP alliance later on imposed tax to tune of `11,00 crore on the public,” Kaur said, adding that 11% entry tax has already inflated the rate of sugar by `2 per kg in the state.
“The tax on sugar is a regressive step, as no state in India has such tax. It will promote black-marketing and undue interference of tax officials,” the former minister added.
Preneet said the Congress would target the government over the issue in the upcoming assembly session. She also asked the business community to punish the Akalis in the 2017 polls.