Uruka Fish, Meat Sales Dip in City under anti-CAA Protest Cloud
• CAA protests impacts Bhogali Bihu sale
• Fish vendors not happy with Bhogali Bihu business
• Demands remain low while prices remain high
• Meat vendors claim that demand for fish was much higher than chicken, duck and pigeon
• Guwahatians continue CAA protests as they sell pithas
The ongoing CAA protests have deflated sales in the Bhogali Bihu markets of Guwahati as compared to previous years.
The Uzanbazar Ghat fish market, being one of the preferred markets of the city for buying the “mandatory” fish for the Uruka feast, witnesses huge footfall during Uruka morning but it to garner the regular enthusiasm this once.
The market gets flooded with various kinds of fish since the wee hours. Fish vendors from different parts of the city and nearby areas come together to offer shoppers a variety of fish. The market opens at 3 am on the day of Uruka, the feasting day.
Varity of fish from various parts of lower and middle Assam, such as Nalbari, Sualkuch, Mukalmuwa, Nagaon are sold at the ghat. Speaking to G Plus, the vendors said that the sale was less as compared to previous years.
"Guwahatians have shown much interest in fish this year too. People are buying all sorts of fishes for their dinner tonight, but Ari is commanding the highest price this year," said a fish vendor.
A kg of Chitol was sold for Rs 550-Rs 650 while a kg of Ari was priced at Rs 800-1000. Bhokua (catla), on the other hand, was priced at Rs 500-600 per kg.
Several fish vendors claimed that though the demands were less, prices remained high.
Meat vendors were not very happy with their sale this year. Several vendors who had come from nearby areas informed that the demand for fish was much higher than chicken, duck and pigeon. "We could not make the profit that we expected. At least in the Uzanbazar area, the fish vendors are making a much better profit," said a meat vendor from Kurua.
The president of Greater Guwahati Qureshi Meat Association, Muslim Ali, told G Plus that they had fixed the price of mutton for Magh Bihu at Rs 650 per kilogram.
“We have allowed the price of mutton to be fixed at Rs 650 per kilogram for the occasion of Magh Bihu. But this will only be followed for a single day on January 14,” said Ali.
However, various unlicensed meat sellers in the city have increased the price by as much as Rs 100 per kilogram during the festival period.
Meanwhile, Guwahatians continued protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as they celebrated Bihu. Prior to the festival, a Guwahati based NGO, organised a pitha festival. Binita Dutta Chaudhary, member of Bor Axom - a Guwahati based NGO told G Plus, “This is our festival and we have to celebrate it but at the same time we cannot forget about CAA. We strongly oppose it since it is a threat to our language.”
When asked about the sale of pithas, she said that her major concern right now is CAA and the sale does not bother her.
"Although we are celebrating Magh Bihu and doing business, we wanted to show our opposition to the CAA,” said a vendor. "By placing the placards we want to keep the fight alive and also people will remember what we went through," he added.