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'UPA is passing on the buck on price rise'

The BJP criticises Congress on it's failure to manage inflation and feels that Govt's attempts to wash its hands on inflation is deplorable.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2008 09:06 PM IST

The BJP on Monday accused the Centre of "passing on the buck" of taming the price spiral to states and said that the UPA's attempts to wash its hands on inflation was an "act of desperation".

The main Opposition party said that "all effective policy measures" to contain soaring inflation could be taken only by the Central government and it is "deplorable" to shift the burden onto the states.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar argued that all effective measures like fiscal and import and export policy, giving more teeth to the Essential Commodities Act, regulation of forward and futures trading, crackdown against cartalisation and duty restructuring rest with the Centre.

"Management of inflation is the primary duty of the Central Government in which it has failed. Now passing the buck on the states is an act of desperation and hence deplorable," he told reporters here.

His comments came on a day the saffron party launched a week-long country-wide agitation against the government on the issue of price rise and amidst plans to raise the issue in Parliament.

The BJP had been attacking the government on the issue of price rise and Leader of the Opposition L K Advani on Sunday said that the common man would make the Congress pay a heavy price for the government's "failure" to contain the inflation.

Javadekar also accused the government of turning an "economy of surplus into an economy of shortage" and said that the Centre should have anticipated the global rise in prices of commodities.

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