Left leaders on Friday sharply reacted to the Prime Minister's Office statement asking parties not to politicise the price rise issue and said the government should not be "callous" towards people's miseries.
"This equally applies to the PMO because, by saying this, they are themselves politicising the issue. Government must eschew the irresponsibility of being callous towards the hardships of the people," said CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury here.
The CPI(M) leader, who along with other Left leaders met the Prime Minister on the price rise issue, was reacting to the PMO statement asking political parties to eschew the temptation of politicising the misery of the people and not to indulge in "scare mongering".
It also warned against creating an environment of scarcity that would only help speculators and hoarders.
In the same vein, CPI leader D Raja said price rise was not a result of "politicisation but a harsh reality facing the people. The government should take steps to mitigate the people's problems."
Describing the PMO statement as "very unfortunate", Yechury asserted that it was the duty of political parties to raise people's issues.
"If it means not to raise people's issues, we cannot take such an irresponsible step being a political party", he said.
Yechury's party colleague Basudeb Acharia was also critical of the government's approach on the price situation, saying it was "dithering and was reluctant to take any action on the issue also."