On the call of local MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, shopkeepers of all the main markets kept their shops closed till Friday afternoon against property tax and advance electricity bills charged by the state government from people.
The shopkeepers gathered near court chowk, sat on dharna and raised slogans against the state government. They also burnt the effigy of the state government.
Rana said, “The present government had left no stone unturned to burden the urban voters. The urban people have been remaining busy these days standing in long queues, earlier, for regularisation of properties, now for property tax. The clauses of property tax are complex too.”
“In a phased and planned manner, very silently, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) had collected the advance electricity bills from the residents of urban Punjab. The common man is suffering due to anti-public policies of government. We demand rollback of the property tax and the explanation by the chief minister and BJP leaders that, under which law and provisions they had collected the advanced bills,” he added.
The shops in Main Bazar, Mall Road, Sabzi Mandi, Shastri Market, Subhash Chowk, Bania Bazar and other adjoining markets gave deserted look till 12 noon to show solidarity with the Congress.