Expressing his opposition to the increasing prices of petrol and diesel in a unique manner, former chief minister of Uttarakhand and general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Harish Rawat used a bullock cart to travel to a temple in Raipur area of Dehradun on Monday. However the protest evoked a strong reaction from the administration as cases were registered against Rawat and some other leaders for not following social distancing norms during the protest.
Rawat accompanied by Congress leaders Jot Singh Bisht and Prabhu Lal Bahuguna surprised everyone when he took a bullock cart ride to arrive at a Shiva temple in Raipur area. Many Congress workers and his followers accompanied Rawat who criticised the Narendra Modi government for continuously increasing the prices of petrol and diesel.
Reacting to the registration of cases against him and other Congress leaders for participating in his bullock cart protest, Rawat said that the government is trying to suppress opposition. He clarified that he had not invited anyone but on hearing about his plan, some of his supporters had assembled but everyone was wearing a mask and carrying sanitisers. On a sarcastic note he thanked the administration and police for registering cases on him and termed them as jewels for the opposition. He said that the administration has failed to control flow of illicit liquor and drugs in the state but is focusing on the opposition. On a challenging note Rawat said that he would protest alone outside the governor’s house on Tuesday and protest at a petrol pump on Wednesday against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel. He added that against the hike in the fare of roadways he would hold a protest at the bus depot.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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