Samajwadi Party, which supports the UPA from outside, on Saturday blamed its "faulty" policies for uncontrolled inflation and targeted the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh over the prevailing drought situation in the state.
"Congress lacks the will power and courage required to tackle these problems. The SP alone is capable of solving them," Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the party's frontal organisations here.
Accusing the BSP government of failing to deal with the drought situation in the state, he demanded that the entire state be declared drought-hit.
"The state government failed to even submit a realistic assessment report on drought to the Centre on time in utter disregard for the plight of the poor," he alleged.
Yadav held both the Centre and the state government responsible for the continued power and water crisis as also the worsening law and order situation.
"The Centre's much-hyped loan waiver scheme failed to take off. In fact the farmers' loans were not waived off and they continue to be fleeced by unscrupulous money-lenders," he said.
Advocating effective regulation of prices, Yadav suggested that any commodity should not be sold at a price higher than one-and-a-half times its production cost.
Earlier, addressing a meeting of youth and student wings of the party, the SP supremo lashed out at the Centre for not formulating a national policy on water despite the looming threat of a major water crisis in the country.
He accused the BSP government of contributing to a deficient monsoon in its own way by ordering largescale felling of trees in Noida and Lucknow.
Quoting Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Yadav said that the Minister recently told the Lok Sabha that farmers failed to get seed and fertilisers due to submission of an unrealistic assessment report on the actual drought situation.
Taking a dig at the Chief Minister Mayawati, he said, "She has no work other than installing statues."
Hinting that the party may announce an agitation programme against the state government at its national convention scheduled to be held in Agra from August 19, the SP supreme said, "We will chalk out strategy at the forthcoming convention."
Terming by-elections for vacant seats of UP Vidhan Sabha as a big challenge for SP, Yadav urged the activists to frontal organisations to ensure victory of party candidates by a thumping margin.
He announced that the party would give 40 per cent tickets to youths below 40 years of age in the next assembly elections.
Yadav said that with 24 MPs SP had enough strength in the Lok Sabha.