Cong to intensify protests against ‘Tax-terrorism’
JAMMU, Feb 24: Congress today announced to intensify the agitational programme across Jammu and Kashmir against the Government’s “Tax-terrorism” by organising series of protests, dharnas and court arrests to create movement for seeking roll back of unprecedented taxes by the Central Govt and UT Administration.
This was announced here today by the JKPCC president, GA Mir in a convention of the party in which prominent office bearers of the PCC, District Congress Committees, DDC members and candidates besides leaders of frontal wings of the party were present from various districts of Jammu province. A schedule of protest demonstrations was chalked out for different areas of all districts in which people as well workers and senior leaders shall attend.
PCC chief while briefing the media later disclosed the schedule of protests upto March 30, stating that the party units are already protesting but it shall be expanded and intensified throughout the Jammu province and Kashmir valley in coming days.
Earlier, addressing the gathering of prominent leaders, Mir said that the Government has let loose a reign of terror by imposing heavy taxes of various kinds and the common man is unable to manage his livelihood and day today needs. He said the BJP Government came to power with the slogan of `Achhe Din’ but has gifted hard day’s with unprecedented price hike, rising unemployment, anti-farmers and anti-youth policies and record high taxes.
He said that the Government is earning out of the miseries of the people who are made to pay from their nose. Each and every section is sufferings because of the economic policies of the BJP Government which has brought the economy to the lowest levels since independence and bringing the common people to the knees.
Mir said that Congress would organise series of protests to draw the attention of the Government to the hardships faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are more distressed economically due to multiple disturbances in the recent years but have been over burdened with multiple taxes including toll taxes, road taxes, hike in power and water taxes, hike in registration fee, stamp duty and now property tax.
He called upon people to rise against the insensitive and indifferent Govt fleecing people in the name of taxes.
Prominent among those present in the meeting included Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, Kanta Bhan, Balwan Singh, Yogesh Sawhney, Shiv Dev Singh, Manmohan Singh, Rajnish Sharma, Neeraj Kundan, Ashok Sharma ,Gurbachan Kumari Rana, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Raman Matto, Th Balbir Singh, GL Chalotra, Krishan Bhagat, Ashok Dogra, TS Bajwa, Haider Sheikh, Ravinder Sharma, Shah Mohammad, K K Pangotra, Hari Singh Chib, Rajesh Sadhotra, Udey Chib, Sunny Parihar, Gurdarshan Singh, Vinod Sharma, Suresh Dogra, Gajan Singh, Dwarka Choudhary, Farooq Katoch, Sain Rasheed, Qayoom Mir, Parveen Sarwar Khan, Ritu Chaudhary and others.