GUWAHATI: The Congress launched Jan Jagaran Yatra in Assam at the call of the AICC, targeting the BJP government for price rise of essential commodities.
The protest march will continue till the next 15 days. Assam PCC president Bhupen Borah spearheaded a Jan Jagaran Yatra rally at Lahowal in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Floral tribute was offered to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary.
“During the Congress’s tenure, the BJP’s slogan was Bahut Huyi Mahangayi Ki Maar. But today, price rise has rendered people, especially the villagers, helpless. The BJP government offers free rice but their policies escalate the price of essential commodities,” said Borah, who led the campaign with senior leader Ranee Narah.
He launched a scathing attack on the government, saying that in the last eight to nine months, petrol and diesel prices have increased 96 times. “Commercial LPG cylinder cost has gone up to Rs 2,000. Fares of commercial vehicles are increasing day by day. Only after BJP lost byelections in Himachal Pradesh, the Centre slashed fuel prices by Rs 5 per litre,” said Borah, as he vowed to take the protest march to grassroots in the coming days.
At a time when the Congress has witnessed exodus of party workers and leaders to the BJP, the Jan Jagaran Jatra is also an attempt to attract new voters as the grand old party has launched a membership drive in the state.
Ahead of next year’s election within the party, Assam Congress on Monday launched a massive membership targeting 33 lakh members by next year. On Children’s Day, maximum enrollment of members was targeted.
In Guwahati, the Congress took out another rally from Rajiv Bhawan here on Sunday. Former minister Sarat Barkotoky alleged that despite tall talks, the BJP government has failed not only to control price of essential commodities but maintain crime and solve unemployment.

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