Congress slams govt for delayed decision to reduce fuel prices

Shillong, Feb 16: The opposition Congress in Meghalaya has slammed the government for its delayed decision to reduce the prices of fuel.

“What took the government 13 days after the commercial vehicle owners decided to go for an indefinite strike in reducing the prices of fuel,” East Shillong MLA and Congress member Amapreen Lyngdoh said.

She also asked why the government did not call the members of the Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicle (MJACCV) for talks to resolve their demands.

“The government is deaf, blind and casual in its approach. Why is it that the government took notice only after the commercial vehicle owners decided to protest. The government has many platforms and forums before it,” Lyngdoh said.  

She also asked if the government before deciding to hike the prices of petrol and diesel did not feel it necessary to call all the stakeholders for discussion.

“This is the negative result of a one-sided action,” she added.

Lyngdoh said that in a democracy there is debate and dialogue and all parties should be given a chance to be heard.

She also said that the government hurriedly decided to go for load shedding and it as well abruptly decided to withdraw it thereby putting a lot of question mark on the working of the government.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress has written to the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma urging him to revoke the criminal charges pressed against the leaders of the MJACCV under the Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order Act.