GUWAHATI, June 10 � Lambasting the Tarun Gogoi-led State government and the previous UPA regime at the Centre over the loss of revenue on account of discounted rate of crude, the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today said this proved the betrayal of Assam by the Congress party.
AASU president Shankar Prasad Roy and general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi said the State government�s acknowledgement about the loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore since 2008 on account of the low royalty rate, has shown the real nature of the Congress party.
�Gogoi has finally accepted that the Congress party betrayed Assam. All these years, Gogoi tried to hide the facts from the people of Assam,� they said in a statement.
The AASU said the February 9 judgement of the Supreme Court accepting the Gujarat government�s plea to hike the royalty has now brought all the facts to the fore.
Faced with piling losses on account of underpayment of royalty, Assam has sought a 20 per cent hike, subject to certain conditions, from the Centre. The Assam government�s wishlist was placed before Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during a pre-Budget meeting held in New Delhi yesterday.