Assam, Feb 24: Making rising fuel price a poll plank ahead of the Assam assembly elections, Congress on Tuesday held protests in petrol depots of the state for the third consecutive day. Congress party leaders were seen carrying LPG cylinders on their heads to show their disapproval of the price hike.
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, MLA Rockybul Hussain led the protests in lower Assam’s Barpeta district and raised slogans against the Centre and BJP-led state government.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora and chairman of the Congress campaign committee Pradyut Bordoloi led the agitation in the Gohpur area.
“As if the economic disparities created by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal government were not enough, people now have to incur an additional burden for meeting the spike in oil prices,” Bora said to media.
Congress Legislature Party Leader Debabrata Saikia led the protests against fuel price hike from Gelekey petrol pump at Nazira in Sivasagar Assam
“We believe this is just the beginning of peoples‘ movement as this blatant display of apathy by the BJP government will be short-lived,” Saikia said.
All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev also protested at Kalain Bazaar petrol pump in Cachar district.
Congress has been demanding that tax on petrol and diesel be reduced. On February 12, state Finance Minister Himanta Sarma withdrew an additional cess on petrol and diesel, making them cheaper by Rs 5 per litre.