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BJP condemns Delhi budget

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2010 22:15 IST
BJP condemns Delhi budget

BJP today condemned the Delhi government budget, saying both the Centre and the state had raised prices in the name of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and demanded a stop to this "onslaught against the aam admi" by rolling back the increase.

"It seems the Congress has waged a war against the people and is giving a new 'gift' of price rise everyday....While people are reeling under price rise, Congress continues its onslaught against the aam admi....First, it was central budget and now it is state budget," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He accused the Centre and Delhi government of increasing prices to meet the expenses of Commonwealth Games 2010.

"Both Centre and Delhi government are saying prices have been increased due to the international games. The Centre is saying it is taking the burden of expenditure and now Delhi is increasing prices in the name of games," Javadekar said.

He criticised the government for withdrawing subsidies on fertiliser and other items.

"The Rs 40,000 crore subsidy on fertiliser has been done away with. Government has increased total taxes by Rs 50,000 crore by increasing service tax and prices of petrol and diesel. Now CNG, diesel and cooking gas has been made costly in Delhi," Javadekar said.

The Delhi government had yesterday announced an increase of Rs 40 in LPG prices and Rs 2.67 in cost of diesel.

BJP had raised the issue of price rise in a big way during the budget session of Parliament and, along with other opposition parties, forced a discussion on the issue.

"We condemn the budgets and demand immediate roll back of the increased burden," Javadekar said.