The former chief minister and the Union Minister for Heavy Industries Vilasrao Deshmukh dubbed the agitation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against price rise as an ‘election stunt.’
Talking to media persons on Monday evening, Deshmukh said that the agitation was totally politically motivated as BJP wants to make inflation an issue at the legislative assembly elections in Maharashtra, due in a few weeks from now.
“There is no denying that the prices of essential commodities have increased. However, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre has seized the matter, and has already initiated steps to bring the prices under control,” he pointed out.
On the on-going unity talks within the RPI factions in the state, the union minister said that the recent unity among various factions of the Republican Party of India would not affect the chances of the Congress at the forthcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra.
Answering a question, Deshmukh said that the effort put in by various aspirants for the party ticket, to ensure the victory of the UPA’s nominees at the recent Lok Sabha polls, would be taken into consideration while allotting tickets for the assembly elections in the state. The candidate’s performance in individual assembly segments would be one of the deciding factors, he said. “The opinion of the Lok Sabha candidate will also matter,” he added.