Party stages sit-in. Govindas said that as the world is fighting the deadly coronavirus, other countries have capped or reduced the prices of commodities. But the BJP-led government in the country has increased the prices of petroleum products and other commodities steeply.
“Modi’s Achhe Din become(s) a burden for all(India)”, read one of the placards displayed at a sit-in protest staged by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Friday against the rise of petrol and diesel prices under the BJP-led NDA government at the centre. The party also voiced against the rising price of commodities.
MLAs, former MLAs and MPs, and officials of MPCC took part in the sit-in at Congress Bhawan, Imphal. MPCC president Govindas Konthoujam said that although the price of crude oil has decreased globally, the price of petrol and diesel continue to rise. It hovers around Rs 100 per litre and Rs 91 per litre for petrol and diesel respectively in Manipur. This has compounded the woes of the people during the raging COVID-19 pandemic, he added.
He further said that as the world is fighting the deadly virus, other countries have capped or reduced the price of commodities. But the BJP-led government in the country has increased the price of petroleum products and other commodities steeply and it is very surprising, he added.
“This government does not care about the people. They do not listen to the people unless there is a mass agitation,” he added.
Maintaining that the rise in prices of petroleum products has a cascading effect on other commodities, Govindas asserted that if the people do not protest against it unitedly, people will be in deep trouble.
The MPCC president further said that even the BJP MP Subramanian Swami had reportedly stated that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government does not have a single economist. Someone like Shaktikanta Das who graduated in History subject is made the governor of the Reserved Bank of India (RBI). Today, Bangladesh has surpassed India in terms of GDP.
Maintaining that there is no hope of the BJP government in improving the economy of the country, Govindas asserted that the only way to improve the Indian economy is to remove them from power.
MPCC general secretary Hareshwar Goshwami maintained that it was unreasonable for the BJP government to increase the price of petroleum products. They should explain to the public why they have done so, he added.
After the sit-in, protests were also held at the oil depot at Malom by Congress workers. Protests were also held at different oil pumps of the state. The Congress workers also held other placards that read We strongly condemn the price hike in Petrol and Diesel, Down down Anti-people economy policy of BJP government, Petrol Diesel price hike common man’s burden, etc.