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Assam: Hundreds of Youth Cong workers, MPs, MLAs court arrest protesting price rise

Assam: Hundreds of Youth Cong workers, MPs, MLAs court arrest protesting price rise

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GUWAHATI: All India Youth Congress president Srinivas BV today appealed to the grassroots Congress workers of Assam, especially the Youth Congress members, to work with all sincerity to regain power in Dispur as a 'tribute' to three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi who passed away last month.

Taking a dig at the ruling BJP alliance in the state over price rise, unemployment, irregularities in holding recruitment examinations such as that of the recent Assam Police sub-inspectors, etc, Srinivas said the people of the state have already had enough of "British rule of the BJP" over the past four and half years and that they would opt for the Congress this time to "salvage the state."

Around 200 Youth Congress workers, including Srinivas and Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora courted arrest staging a protest against price hike, contentious farm Bills and unemployment.

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Prominent among those picked up by police included former minister Rakibul Hussain, Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi, Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque Chhaygaon MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed, AIYC secretary Ajay Chhikara, Assam Pradesh Youth Congress president Kamrul Islam Choudhury.

About 2,000 Youth Congress workers were staging a sit-in demonstration as part of its Yuva Hunkar Rally at its Manabendra Sarma Complex office here.

This is the second time in a week’s time that the state Congress workers hit the streets protesting against price rise and unemployment after the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee took out a cycle rally from Dispur Last gate to deputy commissioner’s office here on December 28. The rally was JOINED by around 5,000 party workers.

The protests against price rise have been part of a resolution of December 23’s closed door meeting of the Congress MPs and MLAs here.

It was decided to make price rise and unemployment poll issues and stage agitation in all 126 constituencies of the state before the election. The state Assembly elections are scheduled for April.

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