'Bharat Bandh': Jammu and Kashmir sees rally by Congress workers
The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Congress on Monday took out a protest rally here as part of the party's 'Bharat Bandh' against rising fuel prices.
However, there was no effect of the bandh call on the normal life in the valley.
Scores of party workers, led by Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir and other senior leaders, assembled at the party headquarters at M A Road in the heart of the city and took out the rally.
They marched on the busy M A Road towards the Dalgate area of the city, shouting slogans against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government.
The march caused inconvenience to the general public as it disrupted the morning rush hour traffic.
The bandh call, however, evoked no response in the valley as life went on normally.
"The prices of petroleum products are sky-high, something which the country had never witnessed before. The prices of crude oil have dropped about 40 percent since 2014, but despite that, there has been no reduction of the prices for the customers in the country.
"The taxes collected by Modi and his state governments are over 100 percent more than the original prices. We demand that the taxes be reduced so that there is some benefit to the common people. If you do not wake up now and control the prices of the petroleum products, then the people will remind you of the promises you made in 2014," he told reporters.