‘New rates would further fuel price rise in the Capital'
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party crippled life in the Capital with its fuel price hike protest, it was the turn of the Delhi Congress Pradesh Committee workers to hit the roads on Tuesday; their grouse being the hike in the toll tax announced by the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
In simultaneous protests organised by all the 140 blocks of the Delhi unit, Congress activists burnt effigies of the BJP to put across the message to the masses that the hike in toll rates would further fuel price rise in the Capital city.
Leading the protests, DPCC president J.P. Agarwal, said the coming together of all the 140 blocks was indicative of the unity within the Congress as also of the fact that the people of Delhi were really angry with the BJP for affecting the toll tax hike.
“The Mayor also spoke of how the ambulances, police vehicles and private vehicles have been exempted from this tax hike. This is absurd as such vehicles have never ever been under the ambit of the toll tax system in Delhi,'' he said.Mr. Agarwal, who himself joined the protests at Turkman Gate, Karol Bagh and several locations in his Parliamentary constituency of North East Delhi, said through the toll tax hike, the MCD has put additional burden on the people. ``The increase in toll tax would lead to rise in the prices of essential items like vegetables, fruits, grains, rice, pulses and milk as these come to Delhi in commercial vehicles.''
The Congress leader said ideally the MCD, being a civic body, should function on a no-profit no-loss basis and should not make profit like a business house. ``It is the last year of the BJP rule in the MCD and the party is aware that it will be thrown out of power in the next MCD elections. That is the reason why the BJP is putting additional burden on the people by hiking the toll tax, which will result in massive price rise,'' he claimed. Mr. Agarwal cautioned that if the toll tax hike was not rolled back, the Congress workers will intensify their agitation and `` gherao'' the Town Hall and the BJP leaders. ``We will force them to withdraw the toll tax hike,'' he said.