The Congress party on Friday held demonstrations outside the civil supply offices in 33 districts and eight municipal corporation areas to protest unprecedented rise in prices of essential food items across Gujarat.
The local party units also submitted memoranda to their respective local civil supply officers and a separate memoranda was given to state chief secretary to demand immediate check on rising prices.
The Congress leaders alleged that rising prices were the result of a “connivance between the ruling party politicians, hoarders and middlemen”.
Terming policies of the BJP government at the centre as well as in the state as “anti-people”, state party general secretary Nishit Vyas said that steep rise in prices have affected the poor and lower middle-classes the most.
Alleging that “ruling BJP is protecting blackmarketeers and hoarders”, Vyas said that prices would not come down till the central and state governments initiated action against hoarders and blackmarketeers who had created artificial shortage of essential commodities like pulses to maximise profit.
Vyas said that during the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had specifically promised to bring down prices and given the slogan on “Bahut hui mahgain ki maar, ab ki baar Modi sarkar”(bring Modi to power to bring down inflation). But the party failed to keep its promises and it was unfortunate that prices of pulses, the only source of protein for poor people, had doubled since Narendra Modi became prime minister.
“Achche din(good days) have come for blackmarketeers, hoarders and middlemen since Modi came to power and woes of poor people have increased since Modi assumed power in Delhi in May 2014”, remarked Vyas.