New Delhi: Requesting various opposition
parties to join hands against rising prices, BJP President
Nitin Gadkari today sought their support to challenge the
"wrong" economic policies of the UPA government.
"We are fighting against price rise in Parliament. I want
support of the entire Opposition," he said.
Senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu said BJP was not
asking the government to step down, but demanding a debate on
the issue of price rise under certain rules, including
"When you have the majority, then why shy away from a
debate ... besides they have Congress Bureau of Intimidation
(referring to CBI) to ensure majority," he said, adding BJP
would not allow the government to deviate from the issue of
He expected that other Opposition parties will support BJP
on the issue.
The two leaders were addressing a seminar on `inflation
deflates the hope of aam admi` organised by the Delhi unit of
Terming rising prices as a result of "wrong economic
policies and corrupt administration" of successive Congress
governments, Gadkari said instead of investing in villages and
the farm sector, Congress preferred to put public money in
sectors where private sector was already working.
"They invested money even in hotels...they had to be sold
at throw away prices as the sector was making huge losses," he
said adding that government cannot become a businessman.
"The Government should only invest in sectors not touched
by the private sector," he said.
In an obvious reference to Agriculture Minister Sharad
Pawar, he said lakhs of tonnes of foodgrain rotting in godowns
is sold as a raw product to alcohol manufacturers.
"It (rotten foodgrain) is sold at Rs 2 to Rs 3 per kg to
alcohol industry...it is a racket," he said.
Later, when asked whether Pawar was supporting the liquor
industry by selling rotten foodgrain, Gadkari refused
Attacking the Congress, he said while the party claims to
work on slogans like `garibi hatao`, it was actually trying to
"wipe out" the poor.
The BJP leader said farmers were forced to commit suicide
as they were not getting appropriate income for their produce.
"When Rajkumar (a reference to Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi) eats food at the house of Kalwati, can`t he see the
rotten foodgrain and the plight of the farmers," he asked.
Quoting statistics, he said experts have observed that
crores of people face starvation in the country despite
"mountains" of foodgrain.