Cong responsible for economic troubles, BJP fomenting communal strife: SP

The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday slammed the two major political parties in the country.

Agra: The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday slammed the two major political parties in the country, alleging that while the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was responsible for the economic troubles plaguing India, opposition BJP was fomenting communal strife aimed at dividing the people.

"The country is passing through a serious economic crisis and, due to the wrong policies of the Centre, the situation has worsened over the last three years," stated the resolution tabled at SP`s two-day national executive meet by the party`s national general secretary, Ramgopal Yadav.

The GDP has dropped from 7.2 percent in 2010 to around 4 per cent this fiscal, it said.

"Fiscal deficit has touched Rs 10 lakh crore. If the government does not take corrective measures, there is an apprehension it will not be able to pay employees` salaries," the resolution said, adding that although the situation called for curtailed imports and increased exports, the reverse was happening.

"We have coal stock for the next 100 years but, in the last few years, import of coal to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees has been done. This is all due to economic mismanagement of the UPA government," it said.

The party also expressed concern over the slow growth rate in the agricultural sector.

Moving on, the resolution said that Planning Commission`s definition of those living Below Poverty Line was not only laughable but also a cruel joke on the people.

In light of the recent Telangana decision, SP said that carving out small states "was no guarantee of development".

Turning to BJP, the resolution alleged that with Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the party was trying to spark communal tensions.

"Recently, under the cover of VHP, communal organisations like BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal tried to damage communal harmony in Uttar Pradesh in the name of the 84-Kosi Parikrama," the resolution stated even as it congratulated Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for having foiled the designs of the communal forces.

Both Congress and BJP were responsible for the poor state of the country and, in the current scenario, neither looked like winning the upcoming polls, SP said.

"It is clear that parties other than Congress and BJP will hold the key to power," it said adding that, "after Lok Sabha elections, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav would have an important role" to play.