The Assam Congress, on Thursday, staged a state-wide protest over high prices of fuels – petrol and diesel and other essential commodities.
The Assam Congress accused the BJP governments at the centre and the state of failing to check unabated rise of fuel and essential commodities.
Protests were successfully organised across the state by all district Congress units, said Assam Congress chief Bhupen Borah.
The protests were not held in the constituencies of Tamulpur, Mariani, Thowra, Gossaigaon and Bhabanipur where campaigning for the by-elections is underway.
“BJP came to power in the Centre and in the state promising ‘acchhe din’ (better days) and ‘change’. But the promise of approaching good days still remains a distant dream as escalating prices of essential commodities like petrol, diesel, cooking gas and vegetables continue to hit people of all sections hard,” the Assam Congress said in a statement.
It added: “Gas cylinder price has risen from Rs 400/- to almost Rs 1000/-, mustard oil price per litre from Rs 70/- to Rs 200/-, petrol price per litre from Rs 60/- to Rs 100/- , Moong Dal per kg from Rs 55/- to Rs 100/- and this price continues unabated.”
“Unscrupulous traders, middlemen, and syndicates running with Government blessings are the main reasons for the price rise,” Assam Congress alleged.