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Blame game continues on price rise
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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BJP President Nitin Gadkari today held the “wrong economic policies of the government” responsible for price rise and asserted that not just the Agriculture Minister but the entire cabinet of the Manmohan Singh government is to be blamed for food inflation. “The origin of inflation and price rise is the wrong economic policies of the Congress and the UPA government,” Gadkari said in a press conference on price rise here. Gadkari, who many felt was soft on Agriculture and Food Minister Sharad Pawar as he hails from his native state of Maharashtra, was more vocal against him on price rise. “UPA is fully responsible for price rise. This is the total failure of the UPA, including Sharad Pawar. Pawar is responsible but not solely responsible....The Prime Minister, the Group of Ministers, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are also responsible. Others cannot escape by blaming Pawar,” he said. Meanwhile the Congress party Monday said the mandate of controlling food prices lay with the agriculture and food ministries but added that inflation was the concern of the central government too. Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said that controlling prices was “a collective but differentiated responsibility”. He said food inflation squarely falls in the mandate of the agriculture and food ministries. The two ministries are headed by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar. Responding to queries, he said the Congress has never indulged in bashing up its allies but the party was within its rights to express the concern of millions on the price rise.

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