People have suffered under UPA rule, claims BJPMarch 6th, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for “rising prices” of essential commodities, and said that people have suffered severe hardship under its rule.
The decline in the Wholesale Price Index “does not reflect the hardship of the aam aadmi (common man)”, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters and pointed out that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Food Price Index were going up.
“The ground reality is that people are affected by rising prices, coupled with shortages of essential items,” he said.
He said it took 15-20 days to get the delivery of a cooking-gas cylinder, forcing people to buy it from the black market.
Javadekar said: “The UPA government is trying to project the fall in the Wholesale Price Index as the result of its policies but this means nothing to the masses.”
The Food Price Index has gone up from 6.3 percent in August 2008 to 13.25 percent in February this year, he pointed out.
The BJP spokesperson also said there was a 125 percent increase in the prices of cereals and a 200 percent rise in those of pulses over their 2004 prices.
“Indian petrol and diesel prices are 50 percent more than in 2004, even though international crude oil prices are lower than 2004 prices,” Javadekar said.
He blamed the government for not providing any social security to the millions of jobless people. “The UPA promised to create 10 million new jobs, but in reality 15 millions jobs were lost,” he said.
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