Congress workers on Wednesday staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the NRL petrol pump at Tarajan in Jorhat in protest against exorbitant prices of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders and essential commodities.

The protest was led by All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and former Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami.

The protesters, while shouting slogans and holding placards, castigated the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the state blaming them for the soaring prices of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders and essential items.

The protesters including women members also placed LPG cylinders at the site to point out the hardship faced by families due to the hike in LPG prices.

Goswami, while coming down heavily on the BJP-led governments, said they are not concerned about the general people’s welfare and termed them pro-rich and pro-corporate.

Party’s Jorhat district president Dip Gogoi, an ex-MP and brother of late chief minister Tarun Gogoi, also slammed the government for not being able to check the skyrocketing prices of essentials.

He said the hike in prices has added to the burden of the poor and middle class, who are becoming poorer by the day.

On Tuesday, the Koliapani Block of the Congress party staged a sit-in demonstration in front of a petrol pump at Jagduwar area of the Teok Assembly constituency in Jorhat district in protest against the soaring price rise.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com