BJP leaders hold morcha to protest against scams, inflation, price rise
Several BJP leaders, including party chief Nitin Gadkari, Gopinath Munde, Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde, were detained by the city police when they tried to gherao the Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday evening.india Updated: Dec 12, 2012 00:57 IST
Several BJP leaders, including party chief Nitin Gadkari, deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde, leader of the Opposition in legislative assembly Eknath Khadse and leader of Opposition in legislative council Vinod Tawde, were detained by the city police when they tried to gherao the Vidhan Bhavan on Tuesday evening.
The party was protesting against the multi-crore irrigation scam, inflation, demanded better support price to raw cotton, paddy and soyabean and increase in number of subsidised LPG cylinder in a year.
A huge morcha of over one lakh people led by Gadkari was taken out from local Reshimbagh ground this noon which was stopped by the police at Zero Mile this evening. The marchers shouted slogans against what they termed as the government's anti-farmer policies and rampant corruption in the government sector.
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari appealed to people to unseat the "corrupt" government in the ensuing elections and prepare for early elections.
The BJP president lashed out at the Manmohan Singh led UPA government for allowing FDI in retail and said that the UPA government stood exposed after the revelation that the US-based retail giant Wal-Mart spent Rs 125-crore on lobbying for investment in India."
He said that because lobbying is illegal in India, an inquiry must be conducted on the basis of the US report. "It appears as if bribe was given-who was bribed?" he asked and said that the government must answer this.
"The PM should clarify what type of expenditure did the company made for lobbying in India. The corrupt UPA government may collapse any time and therefore, the people should be ready for mid-term polls," he said.
Gadkari continued, "A whopping Rs 21 lakh crore black money is stashed away in foreign banks. Moreover, there is an Rs 4.38 lakh crore corruption in 2G spectrum scam, coalgate etc. This government has no right to continue and time has come to throw it out."
Senior BJP leaders, Munde, Khadse, Tawde, Devendra Fadnavis and others also spoke on the occasion. The BJP leaders added that there had been many other issues that proved the failure of the state government.