Cong stages protest against ‘heavy taxes’

Congress party workers during a protest rally.
Congress party workers during a protest rally.Special arrangement

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was fleecing the common man through “tax terrorism” and playing “politics of hate” that was dangerous for a pluralistic society.

Leading a sit-in protest and addressing a gathering of people as part of the ongoing ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ of the Congress against the BJP government at Reasi, Mir said that the government had put on sale huge assets and infrastructure created by the previous governments besides making the life of common people miserable by imposing “heavy taxes”.

He said that the wrong economic policies of the government had derailed the robust economy of the country handed over to the BJP government by the previous UPA government leading to unprecedented hikes and large-scale unemployment in the country.

“The people are facing the brunt of the huge taxes as the government is passing on the burden to the common people,” Mir said. “The people of J&K have been deprived of their identity status and rights due to arbitrary decision of downgrading of J&K state for which people should punish BJP through their power of the ballot.”

He said that the jobs, lands, and resources of the people of J&K had been offered to outside people at the cost of locals and youth who were without jobs and opportunities in this border region of the country facing hostile neighbour and a long spell of militancy.

Mir said that BJP had nothing to offer to the people of J&K except diverting their attention through their divisive and diversionary mode of politics and asked the people to reject BJP and the opportunistic forces dancing to the tune of BJP for the sake of individual favour or lust of power.

Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla expressed concern over the joblessness and inflation and said that Congress would not compromise on people problems and continue to fight against the Centre’s wrong policies towards the people at all levels.

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