Shimla: Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers courted arrest in Himachal Pradesh Friday in response to the party’s nationwide “jail bharo” call to protest against the price rise and the recent hike in petrol prices.
Most prominent towns in this BJP-ruled state saw protests and demonstrations. But there was no impact on rail and road traffic in the state. Normal life was not disrupted much in the state.
“The protests were quite successful across the state and more than 5,000 people courted arrest,” said BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt.
In the state capital, BJP workers, led by party vice president Kalraj Mishra and BJYM president Anurag Thakur, courted arrest by defying prohibitory orders.
Addressing the protesters, Mishra said that ever since the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) II had come to power at the national level, prices were touching the sky.
In Mandi town, Rajya Sabha member Vimla Kashyap led the protest while state party chief Satpal Satti accompanied by the local legislators and leaders courted arrest in Una town.