SHILLONG, Sep 8: The Meghalaya Pradesh Mahila Congress on Saturday held a protest demonstration against the rising prices of fuel in the country, at the Congress Bhavan in the city.
The members of the state Mahila Congress while carrying placards shouted slogans against the BJP-led NDA government for the rise in fuel prices.
The Mahila Congress members carried placards which read – “The voice of the poor will reverberate across India…No more…No More”, “Is the petrol and diesel hike to favour Modi’s favourite business houses? We need answers”, and “we condemn price rise”, among other slogans.
Later speaking to media persons, the president of the state Mahila Congress Joplin Scot Shylla said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has broken all his promises on whose basis he came to power in 2014.
The BJP during the 2014 election campaign trail had assured that the [eople of the country will see “acche din” (good days) if the saffron. party is voted top power.
“Narendra Modi is looting India, Narendra Modi is cheating the people of India. All his promises have been broken. Demonetisation (happened), What happen to the promise of bring in the black money?” Shylla asked.
The state Mahila Congress chief also pointed out to the fact that the government is selling petrol to countries like England and Australia at the rate of Rs 37 a litre but in its own country the citizens are suffering when the same petrol is sold at the rate of Rs 78-79.
“Why are you looting the pole of India,” Shylla said.
According to Shylla the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas has affected every household in the state even as she pointed out that with the prices of fuel increasing the prices of commodities in the market shoots up and in turn affecting the common man.
“We are protesting that the government will decrease the price of diesel, the cooking gas so that the common man’s budget will not be affected,” Shylla said.
The state Mahila Congress chief also said that the party will write to the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to reduce the VAT on petrol.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Mahila Congress chief also hit out at the Narendra Modi government for failing to give security to the women of the country.
Shylla said, “Crime against women is increasing day by day all over India. They are being raped, they are being murdered. So where is the safety of women?”