PCC activists stage protest at Bishnah
JAMMU, July 14: Congress took out a strong protest rally from main bazar to Tehsil complex Bishnah today against the alleged `tax loot’ and unprecedented hike in prices of petrol diesel and gas besides all other commodities.
Led by Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, Ravinder Sharma and Thakur Hari Singh Chib, the protest rally was organized by secretary JKPCC, Shashi Sharma and Block Congress Committee under the aegis of District Congress Committee Jammu (Rural) under the leadership of Th Hari Singh Chib.
The rally started from main bazar Bishnah carrying banners and raising slogans against the unprecedented taxes on petrol, diesel and gas leading to record rates and uncontrolled price rise of all commodities of common use. They raised slogans against BJP and Centre Govt charging them of befooling the people during elections on false slogans and now breaking the backbone of common and poor man.
They submitted a memorandum to the president of India through Tehsildar for check on prices.
Speaking on the occasion Mula Ram said that BJP is simply looting the people in the name of taxes. He questioned the BJP-led government on what basis does it decide on the prices of petroleum products every day and the explanation for subjecting people of J&K to this cruelty. “BJP Govt is mercilessly looting the public with hiked fuel prices, especially during a raging pandemic. I want to ask why is this hike in petrol and diesel prices when international crude oil prices are low,” Mula Ram asked.
Speaking on the occasion, former minister Raman Bhalla said he failed to understand how any Government can justify such thoughtless and insensitive measures directly at the cost of our people. BJP Government has increased excise duty on diesel by 820 % and on petrol by 258 % over and collected upwards of Rs 21 lakh crore in the last six and a half years,” he said.
Ravinder Sharma and Hari Singh Chib said that the uncontrolled inflation coupled with a raging pandemic and this government’s crude policies has inflicted a lot of misery upon a lot of sections of people in India. They said fuel price hike has not only hit the traders but also farmers, students, daily wage earners and other sections of the society. They said many challenges have been compounded by inflation and an unprecedented rise in price of almost all household items.