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Posted at: Jun 17, 2015, 12:25 AM; last updated: Jun 16, 2015, 11:14 PM (IST)

Protesters paralyse traffic in Doon

BJP holds march to seek CBI probe into disaster funds scam while Congress holds ‘BJP hatao, kisan aur jameen bachao’ rally

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 16

Residents faced the brunt of traffic jams due to protests organised by Congress and BJP activists in support of their demands here today.

Bumper to bumper traffic jams were noticed at internal roads in the city. The city police had made elaborate traffic diversion plan considering the rally of political parties, but to no avail.

Police personnel were deployed in large numbers at inter-crossings but residents faced the brunt of traffic jams.

The worst affected roads were Rajpur Road, Cantt Road, EC Road, Subhash Road while long traffic jams were seen at inter-crossings which were Ashley Hall, Survey Chowk, Clock Tower, Dilaram Bazar, Salawala crossing etc.

Earlier, activists of the BJP today took out a protest march demanding a CBI probe into the alleged disaster scam.

The agitated activists have threatened to intensify the agitation if the Congress-led state government does not take effective steps to accede to their demand.

Thousands of BJP activists gathered at a private banquet hall and then took out a protest rally towards the Chief Minister’s residence which passed through Kanak Chowk, Ashley Hall, Dilaram Chowk and Hathibarkala.

Later, agitators and policemen had a verbal confrontation as they were not allowed to enter the CM residence. They sat on a dharna and raised slogans against the state government.

The agitators said the basic amenities were in a dilapidated condition in disaster-affected areas.

Uttarakhand BJP chief Teerath Singh Rawat, former Chief Ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Maj Gen BC Khanduri (retd), Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt, legislators Pushkar Dhami, Sahdev Singh Pundir and Madan Kaushik and others were present during the protest.

Meanwhile, the state Congress staged a “BJP hatao, kisan aur jameen bachao” rally.

Congress workers gathered at the Gandhi Park from morning hours and passed through prominent roads of the city in protest against BJP governments at the Centre and the state BJP unit. The Congress workers accused that the Central government was pursuing anti-farmer policies. They said by bringing an amended Land Acquisition Bill, the Centre had shown its real face.

They started their protest from Gandhi Park and were stopped from proceeding at the Secretariat road. The Congress workers later submitted a memorandum to Governor KK Paul, expressing concern over anti-people policies of the Centre.

The agitators alleged that the state BJP had a history of corruption. They said Kumbh irregularities and Sturdia scam committed during the BJP government were still fresh in public mind.

Led by state Congress vice-president Joth Singh Bisht, Congress workers were wearing mascot of former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, national BJP president Amit Shah and former BJP Cabinet Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat depicting them as a symbol of corruption.

Later, a Congress delegation led by state Congress vice-president Shankar Chand Ramola, met Governor KK Paul at Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to him. The Congress leaders accused the Central government of totally ignoring Uttarakhand. They also alleged in the memorandum that funds given to Uttarakhand under Central schemes had been reduced drastically. Congress leaders Lal Chand Sharma and Rajpal Kharola were part of the delegation.

Torture for bulls

The Congress rally in Dehradun on Tuesday proved to be a torture for bulls which were used by Congress workers as a symbol to highlight their concern for farmers.

A pairs of white bulls were specially brought by the Congress workers at Gandhi Park to highlight the plight of farmers. The workers alleged that Centre’s policies was anti-farmer and asserted that the BJP land acquisition Bill was meant to acquire agriculture land in order to benefit industrialists. But to prove their point, the workers pulled the bulls mercilessly on roads without food and water.


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