CHANDIGARH: The city Congress on Sunday held multiple protests against BJP in different areas. One such protest was held in Daddumajra area where Union minister of health and family welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan had visited, while another protest was organised at Sector 7 against the poor condition of roads.
In Daddumajra, a group of Congress workers protested outside the venue before the arrival of the Union minister. All the protestors were taken by the Chandigarh police and were kept under preventive custody.
Later, the cops also arrested 14 protesters, including 10 women, under preventing measures for showing black flags to the Union health minister, Harsh Vardhan. Malolya police swung into action and nabbed 10 women protesters and four men from the spot. All the protesters were taken to the Maloya police station.
Congress held a demonstration against BJP-led civic body at Sector 7 over the issue of poor condition of city roads. Led by party president Subhash Chawla, members of the Chandigarh Congress placed BJP’s symbol over potholes in the middle of the road and raised anti-BJP slogans.
“Today, common man is fed up with the municipal corporation and is cursing its very existence. The city’s basic facilities have gone from bad to worse. New taxes are being imposed every day. We will continue to raise the issues of the public and hold more demonstrations in the coming days,” he said.
Earlier, Congress had alleged that BJP had turned the government dispensary into BJP office by putting BJP party’s official symbol, which is a violation. Party’s spokesperson and Congress municipal councillor said the government dispensary does not belong to BJP and it is meant for the public and has been constructed using the hard earned money of the common people, who pay taxes to the government.
Harmail Kesri, spokesman of Congress, alleged that on the directions of the BJP government, UT police and the administration have been suppressing their voice and trying to end the democratic set-up in the country as well as in the city.
Kesri said they were protesting peacefully against inflation and the three draconian agri laws, but the police arrested their workers. “Protesting in a peaceful manner is our constitutional right,” he said.
As the news of the arrest of Congress workers spread, other Congress leaders also reached the police station. The police arrested 14 protestors under Section 107/151 of the CrPC. They were produced before the SDM court, which granted them bail.