Two months before the elections in Assam, the main opposition Congress today launched statewide agitations against rising fuel prices. The party alleged that the BJP government had “looted” the public in the name of fuel taxes.
The protests saw congressional leaders led by former trade union minister Mukul Wasnik carry cooking gas cylinders on their shoulders, wear a garland of onions and demonstrate at gas stations across Assam, ahead of the visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Assam tomorrow.
The price of fuel has become one of the major issues for opposition parties ahead of the Assembly election, which will probably be held in April-May.
During the presentation of the vote on account to the state assembly, the Minister of Finance and Health of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, announced on February 12 the removal of the additional cessation of Rs 5, levied on gasoline and diesel last year on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deputy Congressman in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi said the BJP was “cruelly pillaging” the public with rising fuel prices, especially during a “raging pandemic”.
“Will the BJP government specify for whom it is busy raising taxes? Who is this government promoting at the expense of making people suffer so much?” Assam opposition leader Debabrata Saikia said.