Criticising the Central government for the spiralling prices of essential commodities and petroleum products, the CPI(M) on Sunday said that it was 'unwilling' to take effective anti-hike measures.
"The Central Committee condemned the government's successive increase in the prices of petroleum products," CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters after a two-day central committee meeting.
Noting that the inflation rate was ranging between nine and 10% and food inflation rate continuing to be high, Karat said, "The recent debate in the Lok Sabha on price rise shows the unwillingness of the government to take effective and necessary measures to curb the price rise."
He said that the Congress-led UPA government and the BJP came together to formulate an agreed text and voted for the resolution "which does not ascribe the responsibility on the government for its failure to check price rise, nor does it demand withdrawal of the increase in prices of petroleum products."
Karat said that the next CPI(M) party Congress would be held from April 4 to April 9 at Kozhikode.
The political resolution for the Congress would be decided some time in January, he said.