Jammu: Congress staged a protest rally in winter capital of the state against the BJP-led government of India’s alleged attempts to destabilise the party-governed states.
The party leaders and activists, led by G A Mir, gathered at the Press Club here and tried to march towards the Dogra Chowk. They also burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The policemen deployed neat the Dogra Chowk used force to disperse the protesters.
The police had erected barricades to thwart the rally that Congress had announced on Monday.
“The Centre is destabilising Congress governments. What happened in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are a glaring example of vendetta politics adopted by the NDA government,” Congress leader Raman Bhalla said.
The former minister said New Delhi, as part of a conspiracy, was trying to overthrow the governments in the Congress-ruled states.
“Never in the history of independent India, was the President’s rule imposed when governor of the state asked the chief minister to prove majority in the House,” he said.
Congress leaders also raised slogans against the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir which was sworn-in on Monday, by terming it as an “unholy alliance”.
They said the BJP-PDP combine had formed the government disrespecting the mandate given to them by the people of the state.
Congress leader Mula Ram said, “Both these parties (BJP and PDP) contested elections against each other. During his election rallies in the state, the Prime Minister always said he wants to root out the father-son and father-daughter governments but his party entered into an alliance first with father and now with daughter.”
—With PTI inputs