Wrong policies, corruption responsible for price rise: BJP

BJP president Nitin Gadkari blamed the UPA for its "wrong" economic policies and corruption, leading to steep price rise and said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to answer for this.

Dibrugarh: BJP on tuesday blamed the UPA
for its "wrong" economic policies and corruption, leading to
steep price rise and said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has to
answer for this.

"The UPA has been voted to power twice. They have not
only failed to fulfil the promises made but also indulged in
corruption leading to price rise. There is anger in the hearts
of the people", BJP president Nitin Gadkari told a party rally
here.

He said the Supreme Court had directed the Congress
government to disclose the names of those having accounts in
foreign banks but it failed to do so, saying it was not in the
national interest.

"We fail to understand how revealing the names of those
who have cheated the poor of the country by avoiding to pay
different taxes and have stashed the black money in foreign
banks, is against the country`s interest", he said.

Actually, if their names are out, the faces of several
"Congress leader will be blackened", he claimed.

A Planning Commission report has pointed out that
nearly 90 per cent of the country`s population earns less than
Rs 20 a day while another section earns Rs two crore a day
through corruption.

"Living for the common people has become very difficult.
Price rise has led to suicides, unemployment and this is not
related to anybody`s caste, religion or language. How will the
poor survive in such a situation?", Gadkari asked.

He said the country has witnessed a series of scams
involving the Congress and its allies.

"Starting from the Bofors, the Congress has moved on to
large-scale scams like the Rs 70,000 crore Commonwealth Games
scam and the Rs 1,76,000 crore 2G Spectrum scam. This, in
turn, has led to unprecedented rise in prices causing untold
hardship to the common people for which the Prime Minister is
answerable to the nation", Gadkari said.

The Congress claims its mission is `Garibi Hatao`
(poverty eradication) but whose `Garibi` has it succeeded in
removing. Statistics prove that the rich have become richer
and the poor poorer, he said.

Gadkari alleged that the poverty of common Hindu or
Muslim, Adivasi or Vanvasi people has not been removed. It is
rather the Congress leaders and workers who have become
richer.

He said the Congress government at the Centre alone was
not indulging in corrupt practices. The Assam government
headed by the party too was doing the same "and there is a
long list of scams to prove that it is following the same path
as the Congress at the Centre".

Former Asom Gana Parishad MP Sarbananda Sonowal joined
the party at the rally.

PTI