DIBRUGARH, June 6 - Notwithstanding the soaring temperatures, leaders of the Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) made it to the office of the Deputy Commissioner from Rajiv Bhawan on foot, bicycles, rickshaws, and e-rickshaws to protest against the inefficient conduct of the affairs of the state by the BJP- led coalition.
DDCC president Atuwa Munda who led the protest march, riding a rickshaw, was flanked by Paban Singh Ghatowar, Pranati Phukan, All India Congress Committee member Dhrubajyoti Gogoi, former Municipality chairman Chandrakanta Baruah, Atul Borgohain and others. Around 300 Congress workers, including women took part in the protest march.
Congress described the completion of two years of the BJP-led coalition in the state, as two years of betrayal and misrule under Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. In a memorandum later submitted to the Governor of Assam through the district administration, the party urged upon the Governor to take action against the government for. The party pointed out that the skyrocketing prices of all day-to-day commodities during the two years of BJP- led government have made the life of common people miserable.
�The spiralling prices of petrol and diesel have added fuel to the fire in the day-to-day life of the people. The state government has not initiated any steps to control the prices, rather they have encouraged syndicates, black marketers and hoarders in different sectors. By increasing the land revenue exorbitantly, Assam Government has betrayed the farmers and common people of the state. The Assam government headed by Sarbananda Sonowal has also betrayed the people of Assam by diluting and undermine the historic Assam Accord of 1985�, the Congress stated in the memorandum.
The Congress also accused the BJP of indulging in religious polarization by spreading venom of caste, faith and community among different sections of people. Ghatowar while addressing the protestors accused the BJP leaders of advocating the practice of �double standards�. Questioning the integrity of the BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Rajnath Singh and few others, Ghatowar said that the BJP leaders raised hue and cry through demonstrations during the UPA rule when petrol price was Rs 60 and price of cooking gas cylinder was Rs 440.
Meanwhile, a similar protest demonstration against spiralling price rise was also organised by the Tinsukia District Congress Committee, which was led by former Tinsukia Development Authority chairman Pronab Baruah.
Biswanath Chariali Correspondent adds: The Biswanath District Congress Committee registered a strong protest today against the price rise of essential commodities. A procession was taken out on the occasion throughout the town from the Congress office to the Deputy Commissioner�s office. Hundreds of Congress workers from Behali, Gohpur, Kalabari and Borgang took part in the protest. The protestors shouted slogans against the
Centre and the State Government for their failure in checking prices of petrol and diesel. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Chief Ripun Borah led the protest rally along with the Biswanath District Chief Dilip Kumar Baruah who travelled in a bullock cart.