GUWAHATI: Upping the ante, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has announced to launch a massive agitation against rising fuel prices, with a series of protests across the state, starting from Sunday.
Ripun Bora, APCC president, said, “The party has planned a series of protests against the hike in prices of Petrol, Diesel, LPG, vegetables, pulses and other daily use items. The party has taken it upon itself to be the voice of the people and we will hold protests at every nook and corner of the state every day. All district and block committees of the party have been directed to hold these protests and educate people about the atrocious taxation by the government.”
Bora asserted that Congress will act as a peoples’ voice when the common man has been “looted” by the BJP government in the name of tax and fuel surcharges.
“The Congress party during its ‘Axom Basao Ahok’ Yatra understood the pain and agony of people as they had to go through tough times because of the cruel price-rise and apathy of the incumbent regime. The rise in prices of daily commodities has hit the common-people hard, affecting their daily lives. Mothers can’t feed their children these days due to price rise,” said Bora urging the people to be part of these protests.
He alleged, “The BJP government is favouring its corporate friends and the private companies while the common man is being penalized.”
“This cruel regime has earned Rs 20 lakh crores in six years by increasing fuel prices. 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 Rs 87 per litre for petrol and Rs 82 per litre for diesel in Assam,” Bora said insisting, that the current regime was completely disconnected from people and hell-bent on hand-over the food and supply chain to its cronies.
The top Assam Congress leadership including Congress Legislature Party Leader in the outgoing Assembly Debabrata Saikia, Congress Campaign Committee Chairman Pradyut Bordoloi, Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, All India Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev will be leading these protests at different locations en route of the ‘Axom Basao Ahok’ Yatras being undertaken by them to connect with people of the state.
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.