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Lalu fears people may beat up MPs over price rise

PTI  New Delhi, August 06, 2009
First Published: 21:57 IST(6/8/2009) | Last Updated: 21:59 IST(6/8/2009)
Attacking the UPA government for its "lack of coordination" in tackling rising prices, RJD leader Lalu Prasad on Thursday feared that MPs may get "beaten up" in their constituencies for failing to check the trend.

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"The government must arrange for security of MPs as we are likely to get beaten up in our constituencies for failing to check price rise...it is not a joke, take it seriously," he said during a debate in the Lok Sabha on price rise.

He said after the Parliament session ends, people will question our efforts to tackle price rise. "We cannot escape by blurting our data...something needs to be done," he added.

The former Bihar Chief Minister said MPs from all parties could be targetted by the electorate.

"While UPA-I did a lot of good work, I see poor coordination in the functioning of UPA-II ...several questions were raised on the issue, but we are yet to get a satisfactory reply," he added.

The former Railway Minister suggested that the Prime Minister call a meeting of Chief Ministers to discuss the issue. "The state governments should be given deadlines to dehoard stocks of essential commodities," he added.

When he pointed out that only Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal and Minister of State V Narayanasamy were present in the House, the former rose to clarify that a cabinet meeting was on.


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