GUWAHATI: Providing a stellar momentum to its Statewide campaign, the APCC (Assam Pradesh Congress Committee) on Sunday, launched agitations across all districts to protest against the hike in petrol price.
Top Congress leadership including former Union Minister and AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, APCC president Ripun Bora, Campaign Committee Chairman Pradyut Bordoloi, Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia, 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 Rs 87 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.
"Why is the BJP government 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?" Bora asked in a Tweet.
Pradyut Bordoloi also took pot-shots at the Sonowal government.
"I would simply like to ask the BJP government 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.
"The BJP government is mercilessly looting the public with hiked fuel prices- especially during a raging pandemic On behalf of the people of Assam, I want to ask why this hike in petrol & diesel prices when international crude oil prices are low," said Gogoi in his Tweet.
"The common man is burdened by price rise, so will the BJP government clarify whom it is busy levying tax for? Who is this government favouring at the expense of making people suffer so much," asked Debabrata Saikia in a tweet.
"My straightforward question to the BJP is - why this apathetic attitude specifically towards Assam and 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.
According to a release, APCC Media Department chairperson Bobbeeta Sharma while expressing concerns, questioned, "Why is the BJP not providing relief to consumers and rapidly increasing excise duty, why its economic policies in the State are not transparent to the public?"
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