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BJP’s poverty posers for PM

With inflation a problem,the BJP is looking to put the Pm on the mat

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
April 1, 2010 5:49:37 pm

Accusing the UPA government of failing to check price rise,BJP today asked the Prime Minister whether those in power had “vested interests” in making suggestive forecasts about shortages in food production to create panic.

Party president Nitin Gadkari put forward 14 questions to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh relating to price rise,plight of the farmers and ‘aam admi’ and reasons behind its failure in curbing inflationary trends.

“Where have things gone wrong?” was Gadkari’s first question. He said though the Chinese GDP growth is 9.5 per cent as against India’s 7.2 per cent,it had two per cent inflation as compared to India’s 11 per cent.

He asked if the PM could deny that inflation in India was much higher at 11 per cent as against global inflation of 1 to 2 per cent. He pointed out that sugar prices in India is more than double and price of wheat was 80 per cent more than the price in other countries.

The BJP President also wanted to know whether cost of essential commodities have “doubled during your regime?”

Seeking a reply from the PM on whether the downtrodden and the middle class find it difficult to make ends meet,he said 48 lakh tonne sugar was exported at Rs.12.50 and re-imported at Rs 22 to 32 per kg.

Gadkari sought an explanation on why the government failed to create a buffer stock. “Don’t you owe an explanation to the people?” he asked.

He asked the PM whether he pleaded “ignorance about your scandalous export-import policies?”

Pointing out discrepancies in the statistics of poverty level issued by different government bodies,he said “the Planning Commission put the BPL population in its 2005 report at 31 crore. December,2009 Tendulkar Committee puts it at 42 crore,and still You claim Garibi Ghati Hai (poverty has declined)?

He said if poverty levels have fallen then “why 42 crore people of rural India are still below poverty line? Are you really giving them food?”

The BJP chief said while government godowns were overflowing and foodgrains were rotting,”then why prices are skyrocketing,leaving poor people half fed?”

“Is it not true that the government-appointed Saxena Committee pointed out that 51 per cent poor have been denied BPL ration card and deprived of food grains?” the BJP president sought to know from the PM.

He said agriculture growth in December 2009 was recorded at minus 0.2 per cent. “In spite of this,the government has provided a meagre Rs 900 crore (0.075 per cent),for agriculture development out of total budgetary allocation of Rs 12 lakh crore.”

Gadkari asked Singh to explain “why farmers get the least and aam aadmi pays the most?”

He said out of Rs 8,03,842 crore turnover of 2009 at National Commodity Exchange,delivery was 0.28 per cent (Rs 2,243 crore).

Pointing out that manipulative turnover was pushing the prices,he asked,”whom are you benefiting: Speculators,Manipulators or MNCs?.”

Accusing ministers of making speculative statements about the food shortages or less production,he sought to know,”What are the vested interests of your government in making suggestive forecasts about shortages in food production? Is it to check prices or to create panic?”

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