Udupi: The Women’s Congress staged a protest against the rise in price of all essential commodities, at the Clock Tower here, on Saturday, November 7.
Addressing the protesters, former MLA of Karkala Gopal Bhandary said that ever since the BJP came to power, prices of essential commodities have gone up. “Before the elections, the BJP had promised to provide all essential commodities at a cheaper rate. But now, the price of food grains have been hiked and the people are feeling cheated. The Central Government is not taking any action to control the price of essential commodities. Everything is getting expensive. The BJP’s slogan, “Acche din ane wale hain”, was just an eyewash. The people have started feeling the “buray din” (bad days) since the BJP has come to power.”
While campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that, if voted to power, the NDA would bring back the black money within 100 days of forming the government. “Modi had even said that it was possible to deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of each Indian citizen after the black money was brought back from abroad. It is unfortunate that even after completing a year as Prime Minister, Modi has failed to fulfill the pre-poll promise. The BJP fooled the public to get votes. Modi should apologise to the citizens for misleading them for political gains.”
Divyaprabha Chelthdka, president of Social Welfare Corporation Bengaluru, said that people believed the pre-poll promises of the BJP and Modi, and voted them to power. However, the Union government has completely failed to meet people’s expectations. “They have failed to bring back the black money deposited in overseas tax havens by Indians, control the sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities and put the country’s economy on the path of growth. The government has maintained silence over price rise of essential commodities. Common people cannot afford food grains because of high prices,” she added.
Prior to the protest, the protesters took out a rally from Big Bazar through Diana Circle and KM Marg culminating at the Service Bus Stand. KPCC vice president Sarala Kanchan flagged off the rally.
District Women Congress president Veronica Cornelio, CMC president Yuvraj, vice president Amritha Krishnamoorthy, ZP member Gopi K Naika, Mallika Balakrishna Poojary, Ida Gibba D’Souza, Councillor Ramesh Kanchan, Janardhan Bhandarkar, Shashiraj Kundar, Celina Karkada, TP member Dr Sunita Shetty, Roshani Olivera, former ZP president Sarasu D Bangera and others were present.