Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, has dismissed 1,000 days in office of the BJP Government in Haryana as “a black period in the history of the state” and asked Chief Minister Manohar Lal to take back the gift of power tariff hike and panchayat tax given to people in the urban and rural areas.
The former excise and taxation minister said the 1,000 days of the BJP regime shall go down in the annals as ”a black period in the history of Haryana marked by promises made by the BJP not kept, many a flip-flop and roll-back, growing agrarian distress making the farmers put an end to their lives, total lawlessness with murders, rapes and robberies becoming the order of the day, women feeling insecure, and, last if not the least, people rueing their decision to vote for the BJP.”
On the issue of power tariff hike, Ms. Choudhry said instead of paring wasteful expenditure on publicising its useless schemes, the BJP regime has raised the tariff by 30 paise to 50 paise per unit with effect from July 1, and directed gram panchayats to levy two per cent panchayat tax. This tax, levied ostensibly to mop up resources for rural development, would mean that consumers in the rural areas will have to shell out more for power from July 25, 2017, she added.
Demanding a complete roll back of the power tariff hike and panchayat tax, Ms.Choudhry said, ”The hike in both rural and urban areas will prove to be the last straw on the back of the man in the street who is reeling under rising prices and ill effects of the inexplicably anti-people and backbreaking decisions taken by the BJP regime”.