New Delhi: Delhi Congress on Saturday said it will gherao the Parliament House on Monday - the first day of the budget session - demanding a roll back in the recent rail fare hike and to protest against the BJP-led Central Government`s "failure" to curb soaring price rise of essential commodities and consumable items.
Under the leadership of DPCC President Arvinder Singh, the demonstrators will assemble at 10 AM on Monday at Jantar Mantar before marching toward the Parliament House and launch a "Halla Bol Andolan", the party said today.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Arvinder Singh and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Haroon Yusuf said the BJP-led Central Government had failed on all fronts, and the good days that had been promised have turned out to be bad days for the people due to the wrong decisions and policies by the BJP-led Central Government.
"People are already fed up of the soaring prices of all essential commodities, including food items, as the BJP seems to be content with its victory," said Singh.
Both the leaders alleged that in view of the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharastra, the rail fare hike in Mumbai`s local trains was reduced. But on the other hand, those pravasis who have made Delhi their homes, were being severely affected by the rail fare hike as they have to visit their birth place in other States at least twice a year to meet the family and attend functions.
"The hike in the fares of rail freights has also caused all-round price rise, and the BJP-led Central Government was trying to divert the attention of the people of Delhi from the price rise issue by creating a big drama of taking action against the hoarders," said Yusuf.
They said the prices of essential commodities and food items have soared to the sky, and the administration was taking no action to contain price rise.
Yusuf, who is a former Delhi power minister, alleged that in a bid to hike power tariff at the direction of the Central Government, people were getting only 12 hours of power supply out of 24 hours, so that power shortage could be cited as a reason for the tariff hike.
Truth was that the BJP had struck a deal with the power companies, and the silence of the Aam Aadmi Party on price rise and the power crisis, established that Arvind Kejriwal was hand in glove with the BJP, he claimed.
Both the leaders said that the BJP was against giving power subsidy during the Congress regime and it had also voted against giving power subsidy during the Delhi Assembly session in February.
"They had promised in their election manifesto of providing 30 per cent rebate in the power bills and that too without any subsidy, they should now deliver on this promise," said Yusuf.
Kuljit Singh Nagra, AICC secretary and in-charge of Delhi affairs, who was also present during the conference, said, "Arvind Kejriwal had betrayed the people of Delhi, and such a betrayer was once again trying to come to power in Delhi, as by seeking the dissolution of the Assembly, he was trying to divert the attention of the people from price rise, and helping the BJP."
Chief Congress spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said that in the guise of taking action against the hoarders, the poor people were being targeted, and under the protection of the BJP, the hoarders were thriving.
"Small shopkeepers are being targeted during the drive and there has been not a single seizure of hoarded onions or potatoes. He demanded that the goods seized from the hoarders during raids should be made public," he said.