Assam Polls: APCC launches statewide protests over price rise
Guwahati: In poll-bound Assam, where protests over CAA have almost petered out because of the pandemic, Congress on Sunday has launched large-scale protests over price rise across all the districts in the state.
Displaying phenomenal co-ordination, top Congress leadership including former Union Minister and AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, APCC Chief Ripun Bora, Campaign Committee ChairmanPradyutBordoloi, Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, CLP leader DebabrataSaikia, Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain and All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev led the protests from different districts across the State.
“The base price of petrol is Rs 33.46 per litre and that of diesel is Rs 31.82 per litre. However, the common man is forced to pay Rs87 per litre for petrol and Rs 82 per litre for diesel in Assam. The BJP is simply looting the people at the name of taxes,” said Ripun Bora while addressing the protests in Hojai.
Taking to Twitter, Bora questioned, “Why is the BJP Govt hiding the knowledge of price control policies for price rise from the public? Why not come out clean and let people know why are decisions being enforced on them?”
PradyutBordoloi also took pot-shots at the Sonowal government that increased the price of Petrol and Diesel disproportionately in Assam.
“I would simply like to ask BJP Govt- on what basis does it decide the petroleum prices every day? What is the explanation for subjecting people of Assam to this cruelty,” asked Bordoloi, in his Tweet.
“My straightforward question to BJP Govt is- why this apathetic attitude specifically towards Assam & other north east states, where fuel prices are higher compared to other parts of the country! Why this step motherly treatment towards us,” asked Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain while addressing the protest.
Earlier this month, the Assam government had reduced the price of petrol and diesel in Assam by Rs 5 each as it decided to withdraw the COVID-19 cess on these products.