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Congress launches statewide stir against fuel price rise; alleges BJP loot

GUWAHATI: Providing a stellar momentum to its state-wide campaign, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee today, launched agitations across all districts of the state to protest against the stupendous petrol price hike.

Displaying phenomenal co-ordination, top Congress leadership- APCC chief Ripun Bora, campaign committee chairman Pradyut Bordoloi, Publicity committee chairman Rakibul Hussain, manifesto committee chairman Gaurav Gogoi, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia, and All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev led the protests from different districts across the State.

APCC Chief Ripun Bora said the base price of petrol is Rs 33.46 per litre while the price of diesel per litre is Rs 31.82.However, the common man is forced to pay Rs 87 per litre for petrol and Rs 82 per litre for diesel in Assam.
Bora addressing the protests in Hojai further said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is simply looting the people in the name of taxes.

“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?!” Bora tweeted.

Pradyut Bordoloi took to Twitter and wrote, “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?”

“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,” said Gogoi in his Tweet.

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“The common man is burdened by price rise, so will the BJP Govt 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 in a tweet.

Addressing the protest, Rakibul Hussain ask the BJP Govt, why this apathetic attitude specifically towards Assam and other Northeast states, where fuel prices are higher compared to other parts of the country.

While Sushmita Dev stressed that people of the state are being fooled by the so-called ‘double engine’ BJP Govt. And on reducing Rs 5 on Petrol-Diesel just before elections, she called it a hoax!

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, expressing their concerns on the increasing hike of prices in petroleum questioned the incumbent Party, why are facts of BJP’s economic policies in the State, not made transparent to the public?

Expressing solidarity the common people also questioned the BJP about its indifference towards the plight of the people, adding to their abject misery under the saffron rule.

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