Congress on Wednesday attacked the BJP for holding a rally and demonstration on price rise saying the party was in power in 11 states and it was the responsibility of the state governments to control prices of essential commodities.
"Opposition has a right to oppose but not to mislead the people. I want to ask them... is controlling price rise only the responsibility of the Central government? The state government has no role? Who is supposed to run the Public Distribution System?" party spokesman, Manish Tewari, said, adding, "whose responsibility was it to act against hoarders and the black marketeers?"
Tewari said the Essential Commodities Act too has to be implemented by the state governments noting that due to bad southwest monsoons and drought, the kharif crop was adversely affected.
"Despite all this, the UPA government handled the economic situation well. I will advise the BJP not to politicise such sensitive issues," he said.
Asked about BJP President Nitin Gadkari fainting during the rally, Tewari said, "It was unfortunate. It is quite hot..."
Senior Congress leader Jagdambika Pal earlier described BJP's 'maha rally' as a "show organised by black marketeers and hoarders".
"BJP has mobilised 6,000 buses and 30 special trains to organise the rally against the price rise. The whole show is being organised by the black marketeers and hoarders who are solidly behind the BJP," the Uttar Pradesh Congress leader alleged.