Shillong, Feb 13: The Congress in Meghalaya has said that the present government in the centre has been slowly and systematically introducing laws to oppress the people and suppressing dissent since 2014.
“Recently they passed three anti-farmers laws which will be detrimental to the farmers of the nation,” Congress MLA from Salmanpara Winnerson D. Sangma said during a protest organised in Ampati against the three farm laws and hike in fuel prices.
According to Sangma, the Congress party is the only party with a national presence to be able to take on the BJP.
“We are gathered here today to lodge our protest and to lend a hand of support to the farmers so that our collective voices will be heard all the way to Delhi. So that the BJP will know that in every corner of the country we are awake and ready to take on them.” Sangma said.
The Salmanpara MLA said that the Congress in the state is not only protesting against the farm laws by also the hike in fuel prices.
According to him, the increase in prices of petrol and diesel is a burden on the common man.
“With rising prices of fuel comes the rise in essential commodities. This is injustice and there is power in the state government to ease the burden by lowering the taxes,” he said.
Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) leader Richard Marak said that the NDA government is for the rich.
He said that the present government is governing with ill intentions which benefit only their rich corporate friends while the rest become slaves.
“We also like to question the voice of the regional parties, which is non-existent. They claim to be the guardians of the people and yet there is not a peep from them. Instead, they are hand in glove with the powers that are destroying the very fabric of our democracy,” Marak said.
According to him, the CAA issue was supported by the regional parties even though the people they represent were against it.
“People have not forgotten the way the lone NPP MP voted for CAA with such impunity even though the people of the entire North East India were against it,” Marak added.
Comparing the prices of fuel during the UPA era (2014) and at present, Marak said that the international prices of crude oil was around $104/barrel and petrol prices Rs 71/litre then and around $54/barrel with petrol prices nearing Rs. 100/litre now.
“We, the people, are not benefitting from this price drop, instead we are taxed higher than ever before in the history of India. We demand that the state and central government lower the excise duties to what it was before and do away with other unnecessary cess and duties. We have to unite to do away with crony capitalism in order to safeguard our future and the future of our coming generations,” he added.