Gujarat Congress is launching a week-long agitation from June 23 to 29 against inflation and rising prices in all 33 districts and eight municipal cities across the state.
Addressing a joint press conference in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, state congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela and AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said that PM Narendra Modi had fought 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the issue of inflation and gave a slogan “bahut huyee mahngayee ki maaar, ab ki baar Modi sarkar” (There is too much of inflation, elect Modi to power to get rid of it), promising that he would bring down the prices within 90 days if he came to power.
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“But Modi has totally failed in keeping the promises. More than two years have passed since he came to power, prices are continuously going up. Modi’s policies have failed to control inflation. And poor and middle classes are the worst affected”, said the Congress leaders.
They said: “The prices of food grains, petroleum products, fertilisers, vegetables and fruit are touching the peak. Roti and daal (pulses), which were the common man’s food, has become a luxury now under BJP’s rule”.
“Gujarat is suffering due to high prices. Hoarders are enjoying. But the state government has become deaf and blind towards the sufferings of the common gujaratis”, they commented.
Criticising 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in various sectors, including defence, the Congress leaders said that it would result in more inflation.
“This is against the interest of the country”, they pointed out.
Mahila Congress activists would stage demonstrations outside vegetable markets all across the state on June 23, NSUI activists would protest outside the district education offices and university campuses against commercialisation of education and sharp hike in fees in self-financed institutes on June 24.
The women workers Mahila Congress workers would also protest outside edible oil markets on June 25, Youth Congress workers would outside District Collectorates on June 26 against unemployment, distribution of handbills at petrol pumps and against rising petrol prices on June 27,
The workers would also burn of electricity bills outside Collectorate offices on June 28 and would carry on a demonstration with lorries and handcarts at J P Chowk in Khanpur on June 29 to highlight the sharp increase in petrol prices.