GUWAHATI: Assam's Congress party is planning a series of protests against the skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel, and other commodities across the state.
As per the decision of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in a meeting convened on 28th June , Congress President Sonia Gandhi had issued instructions to state units to carry out a series of protests against the spiraling price rise of petrol, diesel, and essential commodities between 7 and 17 July of 2021.
"Yesterday in a zoom meeting of all District Presidents with AICC General Secretary in charge Sri Jitendra Singh Alwar and APCC President Sri Ripun Bora along with MP's and senior leaders a series of programs have been chalked out from 7th of July to 17th of July 2021," the Assam unit of the Congress party stated in a release.
In Assam, from July 7 to 17, all blocks within each district committee of the Congress will organize protests while maintaining Covid-19 protocol.
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"Since the time BJP Govt has been in office since 2014 at the Centre they have carried out anti-people policies by not controlling price rise of petrol, diesel, and essential commodities. And even now, during Covid, they have kept on increasing price of petrol, diesel and essential commodities," the party's spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma told InsideNE. "COVID-19 has ruined businesses, people have lost jobs so with no respite from government, how can people survive? We have not seen a more cruel government than this in our lifetime that does not think about how increase in petrol , diesel and essential commodities impact people's lives especially the middle class."
They will sit in agitation for 2 hours and protest by taking out pots and pans with members of Mahila Congress, Youth Congress, and other block-level organizations.
Cycle rallies will also be organized in cities and towns under district Congress committees in which elected party representatives of Municipal Corporation and Congress workers will participate. Protest will be carried out with placards of slogan against price rise.
On July 17, a protest rally will be held in the city of Guwahati which be attended by the APCC President Ripun Bora, CLP Leader Debabrata Saikia, MP's, MLAs, senior leaders, office bearers, and other prominent members of the Congress party.
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