Assam Cong goes at fuel price hike hammer and tongs

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GUWAHATI, Feb 21: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Sunday launched agitations across all districts to protest against the hike in prices of diesel, petrol and other essential commodities.

Displaying phenomenal co-ordination, senior Congress leaders, including former Union minister and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Mukul Wasnik, APCC chief and Rajya Sabha member 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 people have to be forced to pay Rs 87 per litre for petrol and Rs 82 per litre for diesel in the state. 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 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,” Bordoloi questioned in a tweet.

“BJP govt 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,” Gogoi said in a tweet on Sunday.

“The common man is burdened by price rise, so will the BJP government clarify whom it is busy levying tax for? Who is this govt favouring at the expense of making people suffer so much,” asked Debabrata Saikia said.

“My straight forward question to BJP government 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.

“The so called ‘double engine’ BJP government are fooling the people of Assam. Reducing Rs 5 on petrol-diesel just before elections in Assam is a hoax! Reality is the Modi government at the Centre has increased tax to favour their corporate friends,” said Sushmita Dev, while addressing the protest.

While expressing its concern over hike in fuel prices, the APCC questioned the incumbent party as to, why it is not providing relief to consumers and rapidly increasing excise duty, why are facts of BJP’s economic policies in the state, not made transparent to the public?

“First BJP inflicts abject price rise on the people of Assam, then continues to hike fuel prices to deepen the blow- is this remotely worthy of being called governance? Why is BJP torturing the common man so bluntly,” asked Media and Communication chief Abdul Khaleque.

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