Cong slams SAD-BJP for taxes, power hike
Accusing the SAD-BJP government of mis-governance and of pushing the state towards bankruptcy, the local Congress leadership on Friday staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner's office in Amritsar on Friday.punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2012 19:34 IST
Accusing the SAD-BJP government of mis-governance and of pushing the state towards bankruptcy, the local Congress leadership on Friday staged a protest outside the deputy commissioner's office in Amritsar on Friday.
Hundreds of workers along with party leaders staged the sit-in for about two hours and later handed over a memorandum to Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.
District Congress Committee chief (urban), Jugal Kishore Sharma, said, "The SAD-BJP combine made a lot of poll promises. However, even after six months in power, nothing has been done to implement these grand designs."
Due to its pathetic policies, the government had pushed Punjab into an economic quagmire. He added that there was no plan for revival, except over-burdening the common man and the industry with new taxes and archaic laws, added the former MLA.
He added under the regime, the common man was finding it very hard to make both ends meet. He added that people were now realizing that it had been a mistake to re-elect the SAD-BJP regime.
Criticizing the SAD-BJP Government for misleading the common man, District Congress Committee (rural) chief, Harpartap Ajnala, said, "SAD-BJP's poll promises have turned out be blatant lies and now people are seeing the true face of the Punjab government."
Even as Punjab witnessed more power cuts than power this summer, yet the government went on and hiked power tariff and that too with retrospective effect, said another leader.
Ajnala added that the people felt cheated and the government must respond to this charge. The recent announcement of imposing 8 per cent luxury tax on hotels was another retrogressive step, he added.
The government had just been a government of miseries for the people. Several other Congress leaders joined the protest and said that the party would launch a battery of protests to expose the government.
What was noteworthy was that almost all Congress speakers gave vent to their feeling that the Congress lost the assembly due to infighting, rather than the merit of SAD-BJP leadership. The Congress leadership also questioned the law and order situation in state and alleged that administration was working under pressure.
Prominent among those present included MLA OP Soni, MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, former MLA Jasbir Dimpa, former MLA Harjinder Singh Thekedar, former Mayor Sunil Datti, Congress leaders Karamjit Singh Rintu, Ashwani Pappu, Joginder Pal Dhingra and others.