Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for the government’s alleged failure to check the rising prices of essential commodities, including food items such as ‘daal, aloo and tamatar’.
“There is a new slogan in villages: arhar Modi, arhar Modi, arhar Modi,” Gandhi said in a 16-minute speech in Parliament, ridiculing India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) slogan of “Ghar Ghar Modi (Modi in every household)”.
Soaring food prices, especially of pulses, veggies and dairy products have fed inflation, driven up mainly by shrinking supplies after two years of back-to-back droughts in top farm states.
Pulses such as tur and arhar are a key source of protein in India, which has been struggling to increase its output to meet local demand.
मोदीजी ने कहा था, 2014 में जब भाजपा की सरकार आएगी, महंगाई को रोकेगी, मैं आपको इसका विश्वास दिलाता हूँ!— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 28, 2016
UPA के समय दाल की MSP और market price में 30 रूपये का अंतर था, आज 130 रूपये है।मोदीजी ये समझाइये कि ये 100 रूपये किसके पास जा रहे हैं?— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 28, 2016
Participating in a discussion in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi reminded the Prime Minister of his 2014 election promise to control inflation.
“The PM has forgotten the poll promise he made to the people of India that BJP will control price rise after coming to power,” said Gandhi .
This was Gandhi’s seventh speech in the 16th Lok Sabha after the April-May 2014 general elections in which the Congress suffered a humiliating defeat.
“Why did the PM not say anything on price rise while celebrating two years of NDA (National Democratic alliance) government?” he asked.
“You talk about Start Up India, Stand Up India, Make In India, but not price rise,” Gandhi said, referring to Modi’s pet projects. “Make as many empty promises as you want, but give this House a date by which the prices will come down.”
“You said you want to be chowkidar (caretaker) of the country. You have become the Prime Minister…a big man now. Under the nose of chowkidar, theft of pulses is taking place... Leave chowkidari to us and the Congress party,” Gandhi said, drawing ammo from another poll promise of Modi.