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UPA policies wrong: BJP

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 22:47 IST

BJP HAS blamed the wrong economic policies followed by the UPA government, which is facing flak from its own constituents over increase in price of basic goods, for the increase in prices of essential commodities.

Talking to reporters in a “meet the press” at Indore Press Club today, BJP national spokesman Prakash Javdekar said people were paying through their noses, while inflation and economic disparity had grown by leaps and bounds. It was an irony that the internal economic condition of the country had become chaotic when the country had an economist leading the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre.

While, on one hand the farmers growing agricultural produce were committing suicide in Vidarbha, forcing the Prime Minister to visit affected families, the traders were being affected from increased prices due to introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT).

According to a recent report a correlation between an increase in expenses whenever Congress government came to power has emerged. He blamed the government for ignoring the findings of a high-powered committee of ministers constituted during National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule for controlling prices of essential goods and services.

Javdekar said in the present situation it will not be wrong to say ‘Congress lao garibi badhao’. Hitting out at Union ministers performance he lashed out against Agriculture Minister Shard Pawar saying that he was busy conducting Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) meetings rather than spending time on finding out why farmers were committing suicide.

Refuting speculations of internal dissensions leading to dismembering of the party, he said BJP was too big a party to die and had the character of a nation wide organisation enjoying mass popular support.

He said the BJP was regrouping and the results would be for all to see in coming elections. He said at least the party had several rungs of leadership and was free from the level of sycophancy present in Congress where all decisions emanate from 10 Janpath and sweets are distributed on Italy’s victory in the just concluded FIFA World Cup.