Accusing the government of not taking proactive steps to check rising food prices, the BJP on Tuesday said the "inability" to control inflation was the "biggest failure" of the "economist Prime Minister".
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said "under the leadership of an economist Prime Minister" prices have been skyrocketing.
He sought to know why the government did not import onions despite knowing that the crop had been destroyed in the country due to rains.
"Whenever a question on price rise is put to Pranab Mukherjee, I see irritation writ large on his face," Prasad said and questioned Finance Minister's ability to control price rise.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the UPA Government had little idea on how to deal with inflation.
"Prices of onions and tomatoes are not coming down, interest rates have been increased six times which is having a bad effect on the stock market.... We have a Prime Minister who is also an economist. But in the last three years he did not have any solution to deal with it. It is his biggest failure," he said at the Delhi BJP headquarters.