APCC protests against price rise, unemployment

  • Tuki terms police action as ‘curtailment of democratic rights’

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 05: Joining the nation-wide stir against price rise, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on essential items and unemployment, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Friday staged a protest here.

Congress protestors led by APCC President Nabam Tuki, shouting anti-NDA slogans marched towards the Raj Bhawan here. However, they were not allowed by police.

Anguished over the police action, Tuki alleged that the democratic rights of the protestors were curtailed by the ruling government.

“During Congress rule, the prices of LPG were Rs 400 but today it has reached up to Rs 1,100 in the state. Not only LPG, prices of all essential items was hiked due to GST,” Tuki said.

He added that the opposition party in the state had been demanding the government to re-introduce the old recruitment policy for the welfare of students and unemployed youths.

“Implementation of Agnipath scheme recruitment process will demoralise the youths of the state,” the former chief minister said.

Opposing the ‘Har Garh Tiranga’ campaign which has been launched across the state, Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) President Dominic Tadar alleged the BJP of misusing power and blackmailing people by selling the National flag at the rate of Rs 25.

“National flag is not for sale but it is being used for showing patriotism towards the nation,” said Tadar.

State unit general secretary of NSUI Kyoda Apang alleged the BJP government of neglecting education sectors and unemployed youths of the state.

“The recently declared class X result is an eye-opener and evidence of negligence by the state government, where out of 13,000 students 60 per cent students failed in their examinations,” said Apang.

Till July 15 last, the rural area’s rate of unemployment in the state is 7.30 percent and in urban areas it is 8.3 percent, he pointed out.

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