Uttarakhand govt announces Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to businessman's kin

Man collapses at BJP office in Dehradun after consuming poison

Mr. Pandey had introduced himself as a transporter during the event. Prakash Pandey, a businessman from Haldwani, created panic among ruling party workers after he went to a "Janata darbar" state minister Subodh Uniyal was holding at the BJP office in Dehradun to complain about losses he suffered, apparently as a result of demonetization and GST.

The Trivendra Rawat government in Uttarakhand launched a major damage control exercise after a debt-ridden transporter, who consumed poison before entering the BJP office in Dehradun last week, died during treatment on Tuesday. Pandey, while speaking to Uniyal, had blamed the BJP government in the state and centre for loss in business due to demonetisation and GST.

Pandey's bank transactions, which were between Rs 60 lakh to Rs 1 crore a year demonetisation, had become nil post demonetisation and GST, a letter he had written to the Uttarakhand chief minister on January 5, stated. "This chief minister is useless ..." Pandey said he was left with no option but to consume poison.

While condemning the tragic death of Pandey, the former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat called the death a "shameful" incident. The man's family has been promised financial aid and a job by the state government. "If raising voice against harassment and exploitation of the public is politics according to the BJP and its State Government, the Congress will continue this type of politics", said the PCC president.

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