The Assam Congress continued its protest against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel on July 4th, 2020 also. The Congress workers staged protests across the state demanding rollback of the prices.
It may be mentioned that the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up to an unprecedented level even after the fall of crude oil prices in the international market.
Congress workers in Gohpur in Biswanath district, Assam, took out a 4-km bicycle rally in protest against the fuel price hike. Assam Congress president Ripun Bora also joined the protest rally.
It may be mentioned that the Congress on June 29th, 2020, staged a nation-wide protest against the fuel price hike. A campaign – #SpeakUpAgainstFuelHike campaign was launched by the party on Twitter.
Also read: Assam Congress, AASU stage protests against fuel price hike
In a video message, the leader of the Opposition in Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia accused the saffron party-led National Democratic Alliance government of not giving the effort to give relief to the poor people of the country at this crisis time caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
In January Brent Crude was worth about 63$ per barrel which later decreased to 55$ in February. Currently, it is at 42.76% per barrel. The price decreased has been due to many reasons: initially led by the Russian disagreements over production cuts and later due to the lack of consumption amid the Corona lockdown. This even led to WTI to reach negative rates. However, in India, the retail price of petrol and diesel has not seen lowering costs amid the international price falling. Instead, the prices have only increased. The current petrol price in the National Capital is Rs 80.43, in February it was Rs 71.
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