The Bharatiya Janata Party Friday lashed out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi accusing him of indulging in “false propaganda” because of “certain defeat” of the Congress in the assembly elections.
At an election rally in Maharashtra, Gandhi had alleged that the Narendra Modi government had allowed prices of cancer and other drugs to shoot up.
“The number of drugs whose prices are kept under control was 440 before BJP came to power and now their count is 489. The prices of 108 non-scheduled drugs meant for treatment of cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases have come down by 30% providing relief of Rs 350cr to consumers,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said.
Taking a dig at Gandhi, Trivedi said they never expected “much maturity and wisdom” from him, but expected him to do his research before making such accusations.
“He (Rahul) has just failed miserably in Lok Sabha polls. He is somebody who is a prime ministerial candidate since birth but did not speak much for 10 years in the Lok Sabha. Being a senior member of the country’s oldest party, he should practice some caution,” Trivedi said.
Trivedi also criticised Gandhi for allegedly telling people in his election meeting in Mewat on Thursday that their children would die of cancer due to Modi government’s policies. Accusing the Modi government of working for “big businessmen,” Gandhi had alleged yesterday that it lifted control on drug prices at the behest of some US companies which has led to cancer medicines costing over Rs 1 lakh instead of Rs 8000 earlier.