Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir has said that a strong protest will be held across the country on August 5.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Red Fort to declare statehood for Jammu and Kashmir on August 15, along with another announcement on assembly elections soon.
Addressing mediapersons here, JKPCC leader Ghulam Ahmed Mir said that the historic state and people’s rights were unilaterally taken away on August 5, 2019, and now when the government says it is normal, statehood should be declared with constitutional safeguards for land and jobs along with a clear road map. Assembly election from Lal Qila on August 15 this year.
He said that on August 5, the Congress will protest against the unprecedented price hike across the country and at the Prime Minister’s house by staging gherao on the consumer goods.
“This is record inflation in the country along with record unemployment,” he said.
He referred to the lathicharge on the PHE daily wage laborers on Monday and said the government was completely unsympathetic to their genuine demands of permanence and regular wages.
“They deserve all the benefits after decades of services. The entire water supply system, especially in rural areas, has been hit hard by the agitation, but the government has been adamant for more than one-and-a-half months now,” he said.
In connection with the 75th year of independence, Mir announced that the Congress would conduct a 75 km long ‘padayatra’ in every district of the country.
He said that the Triranga Yatras from August 9 to 14 will cover several parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, Mir chaired a preparatory meeting of senior leaders in which the schedule of events from August 9 to 15 was discussed.
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