SHILLONG, Sep 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre is promoting a culture of ‘vengeance’ and ‘vendetta’, according to the Congress party in Meghalaya which has berated the Saffron Party for this.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge North East Luizinho Faleiro, who took part in the party’s protest walk against the rise in prices of petroleum products in the country which was held here on Monday said that this culture of intolerance, culture of hatred, culture of vengeance, culture of vendetta, looks to be their (BJP) prime objective and prime agenda and development has taken the back stage.
“This is a culture of intolerance and culture of vengeance, culture of vendetta and hatred and they think that by promoting this polarisation they can rule the country forever and ever,” he said.
Faleiro has also expressed the Congress party’s concern that the banks in the country may “collapse” with the rapid depreciation of the Indian Rupee.
Asked whether the Congress would demand an inquiry into the alleged collusion between BJP government and the oil companies, Faleiro, while refusing to give a direct reply only said, “They (BJP) are celebrating the pain, the agony and the misery of the people this country.”
Stating that the Congress will fight against the loot, he said, “There are robbers who rob officially and they landed in jail but here the BJP has looted the people of Rs 11 lakh crore which led to the sharp increase in the prices of petroleum products.”
Faleiro also questioned the NDA government’s decision to export petrol to foreign countries at a much cheaper rate considering that the prices for fuel in the country has sky-rocketed and termed it as one of the highest in the world.
Accusing the BJP of spending a lot of money on advertisements at a time when the country is finding it very difficult economically, he said there is total economic meltdown in the country while adding that even the banks may have to close down with the collapse of the rupee.
“We don’t know when the banks are closing down because the rupee has collapsed, it is a frightening situation. It’s also a shame that the currency of neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan looks stronger than our currency,” he said.
Stating that under the Narendra Modi Government there are “only worries and worries”, Faleiro said they say “ache din (good days)” will come but we are seeing that unemployment is also growing.
“I don’t know what is happening in the BJP government but we will agitate and we will take up issues that are affecting the people because petroleum products not only affect vehicles but day to day life,” he added.
Asked whether the Congress would accept if the government considers bringing petroleum products under the GST, he however said that party will see whether it helps and to what extent it lowers the burden on the consumers and accordingly take a decision.
Earlier, Opposition leader and former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma said that along with the rest of the country, the party is also demonstrating against what he termed as the “anti-people agenda” of the BJP-led NDA government at the centre.
“We are standing behind the people to throw away this government,” Dr. Sangma said while stating that party would continue to protest till the Centre rolls back the prices of petroleum products which include petrol, diesel and LPG.
The protest walk which was taken out from Khyndailad to Congress Bhavan was also participated by MPCC chief Celestine Lyngdoh, working president and Shillong MP Vincent H Pala, MLAs, MDCs and other party leaders and workers.
The Congress had to resort to a protest walk as declaring bandhs, disrupting normal life of the state, have been banned by the Meghalaya High Court.
The High Court had in 2015 said that bandh infringes the fundamental rights of the citizens and held the sponsors calling bandh for damages caused thereby.
On the plea of Rajiv Mehta, the former Meghalaya DGP, former Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh, former judge Justice T.N.K. Singh and the present judge Justice S.R. Sen, while taking strong exception to the 24-hour shutdown called by the proscribed Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), had passed an order on May 27, 2015 directing the media to refrain from publishing any statements issued by/or in the name of the HNLC or any other organisations, which may have the effect of disturbing the even tempo of public life in Meghalaya.
“In view of the present obtaining scenario, consequent upon call of bandh in the state of Meghalaya, the prayer of the director general of police deserves consideration. Hence, we direct that the statements of HNLC or any organisations which may disturb the even tempo of day-to-day public life and cause violation of fundamental rights of citizens in particular under Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution relating to strike, bandh, hartal, road blockade and holding of rallies with unlawful design shall not be issued by any of the print and electronic media,” the order said.
In case of violation of the order, the court stated it may not only proceed under the Contempt of Courts Act, but may direct the state government to register criminal cases.