GUWAHATI, May 24 � The steep hike in the petrol prices have left common people utterly disgruntled, with sharp reactions coming from all sections of the society. While the State witnessed different protest actions asking for a rollback, common people are worried that this would contribute to the overall inflation.
The petrol�price was increased by Rs 7.50 per litre with effect from Wednesday midnight.
The BJP State unit burnt the effigies of Prime Minister and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi at its city office, protesting against the hike. The CPI and CPM today jointly organized protest marches, dharnas etc., in different parts of the State, against the decision to increase the petrol prices. Both the parties organized dharna in front of the Judge�s Field in Guwahati. The bank employees also lodged their protest under the banner of Bank Employees Federation (NER).
�Yesterday evening, when the petrol pump was opened after a day-long strike, consumers thronged our petrol pump. Due to the excessive rush, we had to shut down the petrol pump,� a supervisor of a petrol pump at Bhangagarh told The Assam Tribune. Minor tussles and arguments between the consumers and petrol pump employees were also reported in parts of the city.
The JCTU, Assam expressed its deep concern at the steep hike in petrol prices. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Guwahati, also strongly opposed the Central govt�s move terming it tyrannical.