Agartala: Leaders of Trinamool Congress, Tripura, took out a rally and later gathered outside a petrol station in the Ganaraj Chowmuhani area in Agartala as part of a series of protests being carried out by the TMC across India.

Party members shouted slogans against the BJP government in the state and the Centre demanding immediate rollback of the increased fuel prices.

Speaking with reporters, TMC leader Subal Bhowmik said Tripura is one of the most backward states in the country. So for the development of the northeast, the government of India had created a separate wing i.e. DONER ministry, Development of North Eastern Region.

“We get subsidies. It is to relieve us from any kind of uncertainty that the DONER ministry and the North East Council were formed. We are supposed to get subsidies in every matter. We cannot be compared to other states of India. But, let alone getting the facilities that are supposed to be delivered to the north-eastern region, if the cost of any commodity is Rs 50 in West Bengal, here we pay Rs 80 for the same,” Bhowmik said.

“Let alone providing us subsidies, the Bharatiya Janata Party is instead looting the poor north-eastern states,” Bhowmik added.

TMC National spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said this war is not against any religion but for food, clothing and shelter.

“We are standing in front of a petrol station. I want to ask those who voted for the BJP and support them to go to the petrol station once and chant “Jai Shree Ram”. But even then they won’t provide reduction of a single rupee, and you will have to pay the full price to buy petrol, you will have to pay the full price to buy diesel, and you will have to pay the full price to buy LPG,” Ghosh said.

“They are manipulating you by giving you a different slogan. This is the war for food, clothing and shelter. and the Trinamool Congress will fight side-by-side with everyone. We all respect Lord Ram, but we don’t want to do politics singing his name. The slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ will not reduce the price of petrol, the slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ will not reduce the price of diesel, the slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ will not reduce the price of cooking gas, and we will not accept BJP’s politics using the slogan of ‘Jai Shree Ram,'” Ghosh added.

As of October 26, the petrol price in Tripura stood at Rs 107.79 per litre and diesel at Rs 100.37 per litre.



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