A large number of Congress activists led by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora along with many senior Congress leaders took out a bicycle rally from Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Tuesday in protest against the steep hike in petrol and diesel.
The Congress activists also expressed their anguish at the uncontrolled price rise in essential commodities.
It may be mentioned that the price of petrol and diesel has been increasing continuously for past few days.
The protesters condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central Government for not being able to control the hike in fuel prices along with the essential commodities across the country.
Talking to media, former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi, who also joined the rally said, “The BJP-led Central Government has failed to control the price hike in fuel and all essential commodities which the Government promised before 2014 Lok Sabha election.”
Former Assam Forest Minister and Congress leader Rakibul Hussain, Congress leaders Sarat Barkataki, Akan Bora, All India United Democratic Front’s Barpeta MLA Abdur Rahim Khan along with many Congress activists joined the protest rally.
Talking to media after the protest rally, APCC president Ripun Bora said, “We have completed the bicycle rally in protest against the hike in fuel prices even though the administration did not give permission.”
He further said, “Joining of a large number of Congress activists proved today that people are now becoming more aware against the bad deeds of Modi government.”
Talking to Northeast Now, Abdur Rahim Khan said, “The BJP-led Central Government has failed to control the price hike in all essential commodities after completing four years at the government.”
Khan further said, “It is high time to dispel the Modi Government and to protect the country.”
The APCC president informed that the district Congress committees would stage a protest programme on June 3 demanding cut in fuel and essential commodities prices across the State and will also submit memorandums, addressing the President of India and Assam Governor, before the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts.
On the other hand, the APCC also informed Northeast Now that the Congress would launch a state-wide bicycle rally in protest against the price hike on June 6.