GUWAHATI, Sept 22 - Members of the Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress today staged a dharna on the bank of the Dighalipukhuri in protest against the abnormal rise in prices of essential items.
In the memorandum they sent to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro), they alleged that the rise in the prices of essential items was an outcome of the anti-people policies of the government in the State as well as at the Centre. They alleged that the prices of the pulses rose by Rs 51 per kg compared to the days under the Congress rule.
Similarly, mustard oil has become dearer by Rs 30 per litre compared to the days under the Congress. Flour has also become dearer by Rs 6 per kg, sugar has become dearer by Rs 15 per kg, potato has become dearer by Rs 9 per kg.
Construction materials have also become dearer. Cement now costs Rs 50 more per bag, iron rods cost Rs 300 more per quintal and coarse sand is now selling at Rs 600 more per truck, said the Mahila Congress in its memorandum.