Now Anil Shastri supports Nath, targets Montek

New Delhi: After attacking fuel price hike, a senior Congress leader has targeted Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, telling him that the Government is run by "elected representatives and not the plan panel".

Anil Shastri tweeted that "People's mandate to run government is with elected representatives who are accountable to electorate through Parliament, not Planning Commission".

The remarks were supportive of Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath as they came close on the heels of Ahluwalia telling Nath that a government cannot be run only by those who know how to build roads.

Ahluwalia's statement was a rebuff to the Transport Minister for his charge that the plan panel was an "armchair advisor".

Nath had hit out at the Planning Commission on July 5, describing it as an "armchair" advisor oblivious to the ground realities of building roads. "Producing a book is one thing and producing a road is another thing," he had said.

This is for the second time in a week that Shastri had targeted Montek. On July six, Shastri had ridiculed him over his statement that inflation would ease into a comfortable zone by December, noting that the Deputy Chairman had made such a statement in November last too.

Shastri, who is the Editor of Congress Sandesh, had last month dubbed as "disastrous" the hike in the prices of kerosene and cooking gas and had sought immediate intervention of party chief Sonia Gandhi to give relief to the common man.