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Posted at: Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM (IST)

Trader’s death sparks protests in state

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, January 10

Political parties in Uttarakhand today held statewide protests over the death of transporter Prakash Pandey.

A resident of Haldwani, Prakash Pandey had consumed poison at the state BJP headquarters on Saturday. Prakash had said he suffered huge losses due to note ban and the GST. He succumbed to injuries yesterday.

The Congress took to streets against both BJP governments at the Centre and the state. Addressing a protest rally at the state party headquarters in Dehradun, state Congress president Pritam Singh alleged that both Modi government and the state BJP government had become insensitive to the concerns of ordinary people. He asserted that the deceased Prakash Pandey symbolised thousands of people in the country, who had been adversely affected due to note ban and the GST. 

Pritam said it was strange that the BJP, which was responsible for the death, was blaming the Congress of playing politics over the issue. He asserted that the Congress would continue to oppose anti-people policies the BJP governments.

Congress senior vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana said note ban and the GST had hit a large number of people and traders. He also disclosed that the party would take out a candlelight march tomorrow.

Earlier, Congress leaders also burnt the effigies of both state and Central governments at Ashely Hall Chowk, Dehradun. Former Congress ministers Dinesh Agarwal and Rajendra Bhandari were prominent among the protesters. 

Congress workers in Rishikesh, Tehri, Ranikhet and other areas of the state also burnt the effigies of the state and Central governments and resorted to sloganeering against them. 

Meanwhile, the CPI, AAP, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have expressed shock over the transporter’s death. 

‘BJP govts insensitive’

The Congress took to streets against both BJP governments at the Centre and the state. Addressing a protest rally at the state party headquarters in Dehradun, state Congress president Pritam Singh alleged that both Modi government and the state BJP government had become insensitive to the concerns of ordinary people. 

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