Cong protests at petrol pumps in Assam

Guwahati, Feb 6 (PTI) Assam Congress on Saturday staged protests in front of petrol pumps across the state against rising prices of petrol, diesel and LPG.

Protests were held in different blocks of the state by the district Congres committees, party sources said.

Assam PCC general secretary Bobbeeta Sharma said when UPA was in power the price of international crude was high but the Congress government led by Dr Manmohan Singh ensured that it did not affect the common ma. It had kept petrol and diesel prices low and affordable.

The international crude oil price is low during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule but its benefit has not reached the common man, she said.

The skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel have led to the increase in the price of essential commodities, she said.

“People are devastated by the prevailing situation of increased joblessness due to the sudden demonetisation and the Covid-19 driven lock-down”, she said.

The BJP government at the Centre has proved to be “anti-poor and anti-people” and has made no effort to control increasing petrol and diesel prices and that of essential commodities, Sharma alleged.

“The prime minister who is arriving in Assam tomorrow has to answer all these questions that affect each and every common man”, she added.