GUWAHATI, Oct 26 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre is deliberately maintaining silence on the issue of abnormal rise in prices of essential items, particularly those of pulses.
In a statement here, APCC vice president Ripun Bora dared the BJP to launch an agitation for creating an atmosphere to arrest the rise in the prices of essential items.
Alleging that the BJP-led Central government is abiding by the diktats of the corporate houses, the APCC vice president said this has been leading to an abnormal rise in the prices of essential items.
Again, the failure of the Central government to release the funds against the Centrally-sponsored development programmes has also led to the drastic fall in the purchasing power of the common people.
Prices of some of the essential items have soared by 120 to 160 per cent compared to 2014 when the Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre. This phenomenon also has some more aspects connected with it. They are � 14.2 per cent hike in the rail fare, 6.5 per cent hike in rail freight charge and 14 per cent hike in service tax.
The situation today has reached such a state that a kilogram of rahar dal now costs Rs 200, against Rs 68 during the times of the UPA rule (2014). Similarly, a kg of gram dal now costs Rs 90, against Rs 48 during the UPA rule, a kg of moong dal now costs Rs 135, against Rs 88 during the UPA rule. Masur dal (small) now costs Rs 110 per kg, against Rs 64 during the UPA rule, while masur dal (big) now costs Rs 100 a kg, against Rs 60 during the UPA rule and onion now costs Rs 54 per kg, against Rs 15 during the UPA rule, said the APCC vice president.