GUWAHATI, July 12 - The Assam Pradesh Youth Congress, Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress, Assam State NSUI and Assam Pradesh Congress Sevadal have opposed the enhancement of VAT and sales tax on 127 items including petrol, diesel, LPG and pulses.
The frontal organisations of the Pradesh Congress party have also opposed the move of the Union Government to hand over 12 oilfields of the State to private companies through auction.
In a memorandum sent to the Chief Secretary of the State through the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), these organisations of the Pradesh Congress party described the enhancement of VAT and sales tax on the 127 items as �anti-poor.�
They asserted that this step exposed the hollowness of the Bharatiya Janata Party�s election pledge to bring about acche din (good days) for the people of the country. The decision to enhance VAT and sales tax on 127 items has betrayed the trust of the people of the State.
Moreover, the decision to hand over the oilfields of the State to private sector companies is also a reversal of the BJP�s pledge that it would protect �Jati, Mati Aru Bheti� (indigenous people, their land and settlements), added the frontal organisations of the State Congress unit.