Former chief minister and state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh led from the front on Friday as his party staged protest demonstrations across the state against the punitive tax regime imposed by SAD-BJP government.
Addressing the protesters outside the GPO in Ludhiana,Amarinder said,The state has already imposed taxes worth Rs 3,000 crore and plans to mop up another Rs 9,000 crore by imposing more taxes on the masses.
He said that it was the industry,which was driving Punjab growth,but the government is killing the trade and service sector. Instead of imposing such heavy taxes,government should have made investment-friendly policies to generate revenue and jobs.
Amarinder was accompanied by senior party leaders including legislative party leader Sunil Jakhar and MP and Congress national spokesperson Manish Tewari.
The loans taken by the state have increased from Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 85,000 crore since 2007. The masses need to ask the government as to where were the funds spent, Tewari said.
CLP leader,Sunil Jakhar too flayed the government. No new taxes were mentioned in the budget session and they are now being imposed through a chor darwaja (secret gate). There needs to be a debate in the Assembly. Our crusade against taxes will go on till they are rolled back, Jakhar said.
In Amritsar,the protesting Congress leaders from Majha region lashed out at the ruling SAD-BJP combine for cheating masses by failing to fulfil the poll promises and pushing Punjab into a sordid state of total chaos,coupled with total lack of direction and governance.
Congress leaders also submitted memorandum addressed to the Governor and to the Deputy Commissioners of different districts in the state. In the memorandum,the leaders said that the state was in deep financial crisis and development activities have come to a grinding halt.
The Congress leaders also accused the government of instigating communal sentiments,law and order failure,causing unrest among the farmers,putting welfare schemes in cold storage and employment unrest.