Mumbai: Price rise and the Centre`s failure to deal with it will be the major election plank for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.
"The common man is feeling the heat of increasing prices. The Centre has failed on the economic front. Our party will highlight this as one of the major election issues," senior
BJP leader Ram Naik told reporters.
Claiming that the national economic scenario appears to be gloomy, Naik said the Centre`s official rate of inflation is fast decreasing inspite of the ever increasing prices.
"The government has already indicated that the prices could increase further. Besides this, the agricultural production has not been encouraging," he said accusing Union
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar of negligence in handling the situation.
Giving a comparison of the prices of essential commodities in the last five years, the former Petroleum minister said Toor dal cost Rs 30 per kg in May 2004 while now
it is Rs 100 per kg, an increase of 233 per cent.
Similarly, rice, which cost Rs 10 per kg in May 2004 now costs Rs 25 per kg, an increase of 150 per cent, he said.