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UPA fumbled in dealing with swine flu, drought, price rise: BJP

PTI  New Delhi, August 12, 2009
First Published: 20:53 IST(12/8/2009) | Last Updated: 20:57 IST(12/8/2009)

Accusing the UPA government of "fumbling" in dealing with drought, price rise and swine flu, BJP on Wednesday said "indecision" has compounded the problems for the common man.

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"People are reeling under three disasters: drought, price rise and swine flu. But, the government's response to
all the problems shows a cyclical pattern of denial, insensitivity, inadequate measures and indecision. The
government has actually fumbled," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters in New Delhi.

He said BJP was willing to "suggest and support" the government in dealing with the situation. "That is if the government really means business," he added.

Referring to swine flu, Javadekar said the government had initially was in denial. "But when the pandemic had spread, the Health Minister blamed the first victim Rida Sheikh of Pune to be the cause of the spread...this shows the insensitivity," he added.

On the issue of drought, the BJP MP said while Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan had predicted drought like situation, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had denied it.

"On the price rise front too, the government was in denial mode and failed to take effective steps. Lakhs of tonnes of imported pulses are dumped at several ports while people face shortage," Javadekar said.

The BJP demanded the government provide five kg of pulses at Rs. 30 per kg and five kg of sugar at Rs. 15 per kg to all ration card holders through PDS on a monthly basis.

"Our other demands are release of sufficient funds for states reeling under drought and provision of potable water, fodder and employment opportunities in the affected areas," he added.


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