The Bharatiya Janata Party is to launch the jail bharo andolan today, all over the nation, as a mark of protest against spiraling price of essential commodities and petroleum products, scarcity of water and anti-people policies of the Central government. During the protest agitation, leaders and workers of the party will march towards the Prime Minister’s residence and court arrest. The protest march will be headed by Arun Jaitly, Raj Nath Singh, Naqvi, Malhotra and Vijender Gupta.
A statement was issued by Vice-President of BJP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, which stated that 22 June 22 marked the culmination of Jan Sangarsh Abhiyan or Public Struggle Campaign. The campaign was embarked on 27 June.
The jail bharo andolan will include the participation of BJP President Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, M Venkaiah Naidu in Mumbai, Gopinath Munde in other areas of Maharashtra, Sushma Swaraj in Bhopal, Narendra Singh Tomar in Madhya Pradesh, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Delhi. Other senior leaders will also be part of the remonstration.
“All national and state leaders of the BJP will participate in the jail bharo agitation along with party workers and people from every section of society,” said Naqvi ina statement. Charging Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of leading a “corrupt” government, he further alleged that President of Congress party Sonia Gandhi is shielding the corrupt. “They both are encouraging corruption under the garb of honesty, in the eight years of the UPA government, scams and corruption has broken all records,” declared Naqvi.
“The import of crude oil is about 85 per cent of the present (consumption). However, during the NDA regime, it was 65 to 70 per cent because we focused on alternate sources like piped gas, bio-diesel and ethanol,” Naqvi said. The Opposition BJP has constantly stated to the ruling UPA that prices of essential commodities continues to surge in spite of there being a record production in crops the last 8 years.
Earlier in a press conference, senior BJP leader Vijender Gupta stated that national leaders of the Party including Arun Jaitly, Raj Nath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra will head the protest march, for which workers will assemble in separate groups at different places. The venues are Vithal Bhai Patel House, Park Hotel, Jantar Mantar, areas of Ferozshah Road, Janpath Block, Imperial Hotel, Sanchar Bhawan, Patel Chowk Metro Station, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, YWCA and Raisina Road. The march will gather momentum and proceed towards the residence of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. “Wherever the Police will try to stop the protest, the demonstrators will stage a Dharna and go to jail. BJP has named it ‘Jail bharo’ protest,” said Gupta.
Vijender Gupta also alleged that that the scenario of water supply in Delhi is pathetic, with 50% of the water being confiscated by the water mafia, and reselling the same in black market. He alleged that inspite of being the national capital, Delhi has an extremely disorganized water system, which leads to a situation of no supply for months. He said that there are areas in Delhi, where water is wasted, 70% of the DJB wateris polluted, leading to a rise in water borne diseases.
Prof. Malhotra who was present at the press conference alleged that during the 14 year tenure of Congress in Delhi, life of common man has turned miserable, with even basic requirements not being fulfilled. All this shows heavy mismanagement and widespread corruption prevalent in the party. Alleging that the ruling party is callous and blind towards the common man’s welfare, he added that the recent hike in water tariff is completely unacceptable.
During the time between 27 June to 22 June, the BJP had organized public meetings and gatherings, remonstrations, protest street marches in various parts of the country, as part of its drive in creating an awareness regarding glaring issues.
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