Uttarakhand Congress shifts fast venue to Jantar Mantar

The ruling Congress in Uttarakhand on Monday changed the venue of its 24-hour fast tomorrow against the Centre's alleged neglect of the state from outside the Prime Minister's residence in Delhi to Jantar Mantar.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015, 18:36 PM IST

Dehradun: The ruling Congress in Uttarakhand on Monday changed the venue of its 24-hour fast tomorrow against the Centre's alleged neglect of the state from outside the Prime Minister's residence in Delhi to Jantar Mantar.

"Now the 24-hour satyagraha fast tomorrow will be held at Jantar Mantar and not outside the Prime Minister's residence," PCC spokesman Mathura Dutt Joshi said here today.

Attributing the change of venue to Delhi police denying permission for holding the fast outside the PM's residence, Joshi said it was an "anti-democratic" move by the BJP-led government at the Centre to quell a peaceful protest.

However, led by PCC president Kishore Upadhyay, party workers will protest against?the Centre's neglect of Uttarakhand at the changed venue tomorrow with the same ardour, Joshi said.

Charging the Centre with meting out step-motherly treatment to Uttarakhand, PCC chief Upadhyay said besides imposing a substantial cut of Rs 2,200 crore on the central assistance given to Uttarakhand, no allocations were made for the state in the rail or general budgets.

Despite repeated requests made by Chief?Minister Harish Rawat, no funds have been allocated by the NDA for preparations either in view of the Char Dham yatra beginning next month or for the Ardha Kumbh mela to be held on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar next year, he said.

Charging the BJP-led government with treating Uttarakhand indifferently, the PCC president said this attitude to the calamity-ravaged state was hard to understand considering the fact that people voted BJP's all five Lok Sabha candidates to victory.

The protest is against a 14-point charter of issues including the Centre's alleged attitude of indifference?to the hill state, Upadhyay said.

The 14-point charter of issues includes the Centre ignoring the state government's proposals on Namami Gange project, non-allocation of a special industrial package to the state, non-reduction of the prices of petroleum products despite falling prices of crude in the international market, refusal to pay arrears of sugarcane growers and non- repatriation of Indian black money stashed abroad, he said.