The Congress on Saturday took out a rally protesting against “price rise” and alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was ignorant to the burden on the common man. The party also questioned the ruling TMC’s “silence” on the issue.
The rally, which started at Ramlila Maidan and ended at the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, was led by state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan and was participated by CPI-M MLA Tanmoy Bhattacharya.
Congress had invited CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra to join the rally. But after CPI(M)’s Bengal brigade faced flak from the party’s central leadership last week over the alliance flouting the official party line, the party’s state leadership and legislative party had yesterday decided not to join the rally.
“Since BJP came to power at the Centre, prices of essentials have been going up with every passing day. It has completely failed to check the price rise of essentials. Why is TMC maintaining complete silence on this matter?” Chowdhury said.
The prices of petroleum products, particularly diesel are being raised at alarming frequency. With this the misery of the rural people would increase,Congress leaders said, adding that the government is bolstering its revenues by imposing greater burdens on the people.