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BJP attacks Govt for its economic policies

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 15:52 IST

The BJP on Sunday attacked the Congress-led government at the Centre for its economic policies, saying these had resulted in steep price rise and an agriculture crisis which was a "betrayal" of the common man.

The party's national council also accepted suggestions to demand probe into what BJP leader Kirit Somaya alleged was the Centre's approval to 467 special economic zones over the past six months.

In a resolution titled "aam aadmi ke saath vishwasghat (betryal of the common man)", adopted by the council, the BJP accused the government of brutal assault on livelihood of the common man.

Also, it alleged that there has been a steady fall in farm share in the country's gross domestic product.

"The capacity of agriculture to generate remunerative income and employment is going down. This is alarming trend. It is a recipe for economic disaster," the resolution read.

It described as the most shocking manifestation of the agrarian crisis the high incidence of farmers' suicides in Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

"Every passing month of the UPA government's tenure validates the twin charges leveled by the BJP: Congress ka haath aam aadmi ke saath has become Congress ka haath aam aadmi se vishwasghat, and Congress ka haath aam aadmi ke saath has become Congress ka haath khaas aadmi ke saath," it said.

The BJP, which vowed nationwide agitation over economic issues, demanded the government write off interest on loans granted to farmers suffering crop failure.

Also, it sought immediate convening of a chief ministers' conference to discuss recommendations of the national commission for farmers.

The BJP, which opposes acquisition of farm land for special economic zones, said the government should immediately accept recommendations of its committee SEZs.

Besides, it demanded allocation for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme be increase to Rs 20,000 crore a year.

The scheme's coverage should also be widened to all districts, including urban, the BJP resolution said.

Also, it sought immediate increase in the interest rate on the employees' provident fund and other deposit schemes.