Srinagar: The state unit of Congress party and the left-wing Communist Party of India(M) on Monday staged a protest in response to the Bharat Bandh programme called against the rising fuel prices across India.
Scores of Congress workers led by JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir assembled at Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of the capital city, and staged demonstration against the BJP-led government.
Chanting slogans against prime minister Narendra Modi, the protesters blocked Maulana Azad Road causing disruption in the smooth flow of traffic.
“All the promises made by PM Modi have turned out to be hoax. A common man is bearing the brunt of anti-people policies of Modi government,” Mir said. “A common man had not expected this sort of dejected life by participating in the election”.
Mir expressed satisfaction that more than 20 more parties supported the Bharat Bhand called by Congress. He said the rise in retail price of petrol products is a “devastating situation” for the people.
“The common man’s kitchen suffers a lot due to the extreme high price. Modi government should lower the tax price for the comfort of a common man,” he said.
The members of state CPI(M) headed by its leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami also supported the Bharat Bandh call and carried out protest here.
The CPI(M) members assembled at Pratap Park here and chanted anti-Modi slogans. The protesters then marched towards the Press Enclave Srinagar.
“Is the current situation in India the dream that Modi had shown to the people of the country?” Tarigami asked.
He said Modi-led government have made the lives of common people “miserable”.
“His (Modi’s) dream of Digital India is just a dream and could never be reality keeping in view the prevailing situation across India. Modi has failed the nation and the people of Kashmir. It is high time for PM to step down,” the CPI(M) leader said.