THE Pune unit of the Congress would hold black flag demonstrations across the city in protest against the ‘policies’ of the central government on Saturday to coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here.
City Congress chief Ramesh Bagwe, while addressing the media in Pune on Monday, alleged that the state government is trying to stifle the voice of the Oppo-sition in the state by using police.
“Selection of Pune in the Smart City project would entail development for a small part of the city. However, each and every Puneite would have to pay increased taxes. Our protest would be to highlight the anti-people policy of the central government,” Bagwe said.
Bagwe added that Congress workers have sought permission to hold a black flag demonstration outside Balewadi stadium or along the route which Modi is scheduled to take from the airport. The Prime Minister is scheduled to be in Pune in connection with the first anniversary of the Smart City mission, with Pune being one of the selected smart cities.
Bagwe alleged that while the city Congress was having their weekly meeting last Sunday, party workers saw two senior police officers had infiltrated their premises. “When we asked why they have come to the meeting, the officers said that they were asked by their seniors to do so,” he said.
Bagwe said that this was one of the many attempts by the state government to undermine the right to the Opposition as “enshrined in the Constitution”. “We will take up the matter with the state government and also raise it during the monsoon session of the both the Houses of the state legislature,” Bagwe further said.