Cong,BJP leaders share common platform on E-trip

They are from rival parties and had even contested elections against each other a number of times

Written by Rakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: September 11, 2013 4:41:27 am

They are from rival parties and had even contested elections against each other a number of times. But these days they can be seen shaking hands with each other and sharing the same stage. Former Punjab health minister Satpal Gosain from BJP and Congress MLA Surinder Dawar display cordial relations nowadays when it comes to E-trip.

On Tuesday again,Gosain and Dawar were seen together at a protest held by the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal in Madhopuri area. Despite being a part of the ruling alliance,Gosain said,“E-trip should be removed,and to support the industrialists,I am always with them.”

However,both the leaders said,“We are together on a common issue which is affecting the industrialists.”

Sunil Mehra is a BJP leader who along with a few other party leaders took part in the protest. Despite repeated meetings with the government,industrialists had not been given any relaxation,said Mehra.

Mehra was called a ‘Congress agent’ by Punjab Industry Minister Anil Joshi in the recent past and Gosain had strongly objected to this statement.

Many Congress councillors also supported the industrialists. Former Congress councillor Parminder Mehta said,“Once BJP has started sharing stage with us on a similar issue despite being a part of the government,they must join hands with Congress otherwise as well to benefit the masses.”

Yarn dealers are supposed to give information of every sale and purchase worth Rs 50,000 to the excise and taxation department on its website which is troubling the industrialists. Steel and many other industries are also covered under E-trip.

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