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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MONSOON SESSION: Price debate: Govt responds to BJP's tough charges!!

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NDTV Correspondent, Updated: August 03, 2011 14:43 IST.

New Delhi:  The Opposition has formally launched its attack on the government over the issue of price rise.

A debate - that will be followed by a vote- was initiated in the Lok Sabha by the BJP's Yashwant Sinha. He said his party "urges the government to overcome its inertia" to introduce a comprehensive food pricing and management policy. "This will not only bring relief to the common man but will also serve as an antidote for the growing economic imbalances in the country," said Mr Sinha.

Mr Sinha, who has served as Finance Minister, said "Corruption is the biggest cause of price rise."  "Food grain is rotting in warehouses instead of being distributed to the poor," he said.

The Opposition will unite against the government over failing the "aam aadmi" or common man. "The worst form of taxation on the poor is prices," said Mr Sinha. "When I was Foreign Minister," he added, "I would move around the world, my photos would get published. But when I went to a remote village in my constituency, asking for votes, an old lady asked me 'What's the price of kerosene?' I had no answers. And we lost the elections. You will meet the same fate," he warned.

Mr Sinha also delivered on the BJP's promise to target the Prime Minister in its different campaigns against the government. "Those who contest elections, they should be worried. Those who don't can relax," he said.  Dr Manmohan Singh is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.

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