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BJP demands referendum on price rise

india Updated: Jul 01, 2010 17:21 IST

Attacking the Centre on soaring inflation, the BJP today demanded a referendum on the issue of price rise claiming that the UPA government had lost the right to remain in power.

"There should be a referendum on the issue of price rise to enable the people decide if the Congress-led government should continue in power or resign," BJP stalwart Rajnath Singh told reporters in Bhubaneshwar.

The former BJP president, who was here as part of the party's nation-wide campaign against price rise, claimed the UPA government has no right to continue as it has become "insensitive" towards the plight of the poor.

Singh accused the UPA government of having failed to initiate a clear policy on Pakistan and said Islamabad's nuclear deal with China would pose a security threat not only to India and south Asia, but the entire world.

He further claimed that unprecedented increase in prices of essential commodities was due to "wrong" economic policies and corruption and that recession and global economic slowdown could not be an excuse for rising inflation.

Demanding immediate roll back of the fuel price rise, Singh said the international crude prices were at a reasonable level.

The BJP leader said the party was fine-tuning its strategy for making the July 5 'bharat bandh' against the fuel price rise a success.