Accusing the UPA government of failing to check price rise, BJP on Thursday asked the Prime Minister whether those in power had "vested interests" in making suggestive forecasts about shortages in food production to create panic.
Party president Nitin Gadkari put forward 14 questions to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh relating to price rise, plight of the farmers and 'aam admi' and reasons behind its failure in curbing inflationary trends.
"Where have things gone wrong?" was Gadkari's first question. He said though the Chinese GDP growth is 9.5 per cent as against India's 7.2 per cent, it had two per cent inflation as compared to India's 11 per cent.
He asked if the PM could deny that inflation in India was much higher at 11 per cent as against global inflation of 1 to 2 per cent. He pointed out that sugar prices in India is more than double and price of wheat was 80 per cent more than the price in other countries.
The BJP President also wanted to know whether cost of essential commodities have "doubled during your regime?"
Seeking a reply from the PM on whether the downtrodden and the middle class find it difficult to make ends meet, he said 48 lakh tonne sugar was exported at Rs.12.50 and re-imported at Rs 22 to 32 per kg.
Gadkari sought an explanation on why the government failed to create a buffer stock. "Don't you owe an explanation to the people?" he asked.
He asked the PM whether he pleaded "ignorance about your scandalous export-import policies?"
Pointing out discrepancies in the statistics of poverty level issued by different government bodies, he said "the Planning Commission put the BPL population in its 2005 report at 31 crore. December 2009 Tendulkar Committee puts it at 42 crore, and still You claim Garibi Ghati Hai (Poverty has declined)?
He said if poverty levels have fallen then "why 42 crore people of rural India are still below poverty line? Are you really giving them food?"
The BJP chief said while government godowns were overflowing and foodgrains were rotting, "then why prices are skyrocketing, leaving poor people half fed?"