Chandigarh, August 5

The Punjab and Haryana items of the Congress staged protests right here on Friday as a part of the occasion’s nationwide stir in opposition to worth rise, unemployment and the GST hike on important objects.

The Punjab unit staged a protest underneath the management of state Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Chief of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa. In Haryana, the protest was led by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress president Udai Bhan.

Haryana Congress protest was led by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Tribune Picture

A number of Congress MLAs from the 2 states additionally took half within the protest.

The protesting leaders and occasion staff raised slogans in opposition to the federal government and mentioned the police right here didn’t enable them to march in the direction of the Governor’s home of the 2 states citing that prohibitory orders underneath Part 144 of the Legal Process Code (CrPC) are in place.

Police used water cannon to stop the Punjab unit leaders and staff from marching to the Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Later, they have been briefly detained by the police.

Police utilizing water cannon to stop Punjab Congress leaders and staff from marching to the Punjab Raj Bhavan. Tribune Picture: Ravi Kumar

When the Haryana Congress leaders and staff tried to take out a march from the state Congress workplace right here to put siege to the State Governor’s home, they have been stopped by the Chandigarh police which had put up barricades at a brief distance from the opposition occasion’s workplace.

Later, many leaders and occasion MLAs together with Hooda and several other Congress staff have been briefly detained by the police right here after being evicted from the protest website and put in a police bus.

At a separate protest by the Punjab unit, police had put up barricades close to Punjab Congress workplace right here to stop them from marching to the Raj Bhavan.

Punjab Congress leaders mentioned they wished to submit a memorandum to the Governor on the problems on which they have been staging the protest.

Warring mentioned costs of petrol, diesel, cooking gasoline and different important commodities have gone up. “The rupee’s worth in opposition to the greenback is falling. There are a number of burning points, that are affecting the widespread public, however the authorities is in slumber,” Warring later advised reporters right here. Warring warned that if worth rise continues unchecked, it could at some stage result in a “civil conflict” sort of a state of affairs.

He mentioned the fear is that the nation could then face a “Sri Lanka kind state of affairs”.

Comparable protests have been held by the Congress in any respect district headquarters within the two states.

Earlier, Hooda mentioned their protest was in opposition to the “burning points” which have been affecting the lives of the widespread folks.

Hooda, who’s Chief of the Opposition in Haryana Meeting, mentioned there was a manifold improve in costs of important commodities whereas unemployment is growing.

He mentioned the Congress will proceed to battle on problems with public curiosity from the parliament to streets.

Many different Haryana Congress leaders lashed out on the BJP-led dispensation on the Centre, alleging that as an alternative of taking steps to carry down costs and test rising unemployment, they’re busy in concentrating on the opposition.

Haryana Congress MLA Aftab Ahmed accused the Centre of misusing its probe companies to suppress the voice of political opponents in order that they do not increase folks’s points.

“In Chandigarh too, you see we’re stopped by the police who had put up multi-layered barricades even once we have been holding a peaceable protest,” Ahmed mentioned.

Talking to reporters at a separate protest by the Punjab unit, senior chief Partap Singh Bajwa mentioned costs of all important commodities have gone up adversely impacting the widespread folks.

“Slightly than taking steps to test worth rise, the federal government is busy concentrating on opposition events’ leaders and making an attempt to suppress their voice,” Bajwa mentioned.

What motion has the Centre taken in opposition to fugitive enterprise tycoons who indulged in loot and fled the nation, Bajwa requested.  

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