Chandigarh Congress unit on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Punjab to highlight the issue of price hike and inflation. Thousands of Congress leaders in Chandigarh staged a protest as part of the party’s nationwide stir against price rise, unemployment and the GST hike on essential items.
“It is unfortunate that the Government of India, having absolute direct and indirect control over every economic activity in the country, has not taken any remedial measures to arrest the rising inflation with a view to showcase its supremacy out of its adherence to majoritarianism”, the memorandum said.
Was arrested by Chandigarh Police on our way to submit Memorandum to the Governor of Punjab against burdening price hike by the @narendramodi regime.#___ pic.twitter.com/D9tIugfeSW
— Amarinder Singh Raja Warring (@RajaBrar_INC) August 5, 2022
“The basic essential commodities like food have become unaffordable even for the middle-class Indian, leave aside those on a lesser economic footing,” the memorandum said.
The memorandum was submitted by Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and other Congress leaders.
The memorandum addressed to the Governor drew his attention towards the ‘backbreaking inflation that has hit the entire country, including Punjab, due to unilateral decisions being taken by the union government even impinging upon the spirit of federal structure of the Constitution’.
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POLICE USED WATER CANNONS
After staging a protest at Congress Bhawan, Congress leaders tried to march towards Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum to the Governor. Party leaders and workers in Chandigarh faced water cannon during the protest. They were detained and prevented from reaching Raj Bhawan.
Chandigarh | Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring along with other leaders & party workers hold a protest against the Central govt over issues of inflation & unemployment pic.twitter.com/ciLxASojgo
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2022
Amarinder Singh Raja Warring hit out at the BJP government for being so ‘insensitive’ towards the day-to-day needs of the common man as inflation has made their very survival difficult.
“A salaried person, today, finds it difficult to feed his family with his monthly income for the entire month”, the memorandum added.
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“As if the rising and backbreaking inflation was not enough, the callously insensitive government of India imposed the Goods and Services Tax, even on food items, completely forgetting the impact of COVID, which has not yet left the doorsteps of the common man completely. It is as good as taxing our entire life”, it said.
In specific reference to Punjab, the memorandum said, the demography of Punjab has already enough of its distinct problems. Given that this is an agrarian state, with a seventy percent population dependent on agriculture, the failing agricultural economy has further complicated the problems further for the people of Punjab, it read, adding, farmers have been committing suicide regularly just because of financial distress and the rising inflation is one of the prime factors.
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