BJP protests price rise

Staff Reporter

Scooter rally against `anti-people' policies of the Congress

NEW DELHI: A scooter rally was organised by the Chhatarpur and Mehrauli mandals of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Capital on Saturday to protest against the increase in prices of essential commodities and "anti-people'' policies of the Congress.

The well-attended rally was flagged off at Chhatarpur. It culminated in a public meeting at Ghittorni village where Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan called upon the people to change the Congress regime in Delhi and in the MCD.

Charging that the Congress had done little to save the people from price rise despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia being counted among "great economists'', Dr. Vardhan said the party all along had shed only crocodile tears over the issue.

He demanded strong actions to rein in forward trading in the market to curb the price spiral.

"The Congress Government has already made lakhs of people unemployed by undertaking sealing and demolitions in Delhi and has also not announced any rehabilitation package for those who have lost their livelihood,'' he said.

While the sword of eviction was still hanging over lakhs of people, he said, the Congress had delayed finalisation of the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 by two years. And while it had announced regularisation of 1,500 unauthorised colonies to take political advantage in the run-up to the upcoming MCD elections, he said the reality was that it had not taken into consideration the economic status of more than 40 lakh people living in these colonies. These people, he said, were in no position to pay the proposed conversion charge, development fee and penalty.