While the SAD-BJP is going all out to make its statewide protests on May 2 against wealth tax on farmers a grand success, the Congress has termed the move a "cheap gimmick".
A meeting to chalk out the plans for the protests was held at a gurdwara here on Sunday. It was attended by several senior SAD-BJP leaders, including cabinet minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, who asked people to turn up in large numbers in front of the offices of deputy commissioners on May 2 to pressurise the union government to withdraw this tax, former minister Bibi Upinderjeet Kaur, Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur and district planning committee chairman Sarabjit Singh Makkar.
However, Congress spokesman Sukhpal Khaira termed the protests as a "cheap gimmick". "Being a constitutional head of the state, Badal should have adopted a proper channel for approaching the union government to register their grievance and suggest amendments. Holding and backing such protests is just an attempt to fool the voters of Punjab, especially with the forthcoming parliamentary elections in mind," he said.
"They had failed to act when the bill was finalised during the NDA regime. What is the logic of protesting now? The state-sponsored protests could trigger a law and order problem," he added.