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BJP for national consensus on economic policies

india Updated: Apr 01, 2008 20:18 IST
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Even as the Centre continues to grapple with the spiraling prices of essential commodities, BJP on Tuesday suggested that the country should have a national consensus on economic policies so that sustainable growth can be achieved.

"The economic policies of the country should be framed taking into confidence all the political parties. We should have economic policies keeping in mind the long term goal of the country. It should not change with change in guard in New Delhi," BJP President Rajnath Singh said in Satna today.

Slamming the Centre for its failure to control the inflation and price rise, Singh said UPA Government's economic policies were responsible for the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and inflation touching the 13-month high of 6.68 per cent.

Observing that Gandhian economic policy was still relevant in modern India, the BJP leader said Congress party has abandoned his principles due to which the country's economy was in "bad shape".

The BJP president said if NDA came to power, it will try to evolve a consensus on economic policies of the country."We will try to formulate economic policy based on national consensus to ensure sustainable growth," he told reporters.

He said the country's economy will become powerful, when purchasing power of farmers and those living in villages will increase. "The successive Congress governments at centre totally ignored the village economy. We will have to revive it if India wants to become a powerful nation," he added.

Reacting to government's decision yesterday to scrap import duty on crude palm among other measures to control inflation, Singh said the prices will continue to increase as the steps were not adequate to control it. The BJP president also criticized the government for the increasing incidents of terrorism in the country.

"According to a recent Home ministry report, 5000 sleeper modules of ISI are active in the country and the government is sitting without any action," he said.

Singh said the morale of security personnel in the country was "very low" in the absence of a POTA like law.The opposition leader hoped the new Pakistan government led by Yusuf Raza Gillani would extend all help to India to curb terrorism.

Asked about construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said BJP will either accept the court verdict or prefer a negotiated settlement on the issue.