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NCP slams Rahul for blaming allies for inflation
Published on 13 Jan. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Divisions have started to emerge within the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government over rising prices of essential commodities and food items.Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday hit back at Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s statement blaming coalition pressures for inflation. The NCP said that controlling price rise was a collective responsibility.”Congress is not only the leading but also primary party and any statement by member of the leading party should not reflect arrogance,” said NCP leader DP Tripathi while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
“I have always admired Rahul Gandhi and expressed my best wishes for his success in Indian politics. Today I am very, very sad that a very important political leader of the UPA and Congress party has made such a statement. Any statement from a leader of that party should reflect humility and not arrogance, Follow the coalition and not collision mode,” Tripathi said. Another NCP leader Tariq Anwar had earlier said that coalition is about collective responsibility.
“Congress must understand ground reality especially after Bihar. It is a collective responsibility and it is not fair to blame one person,” Anwar said.
NCP even said that the prices of primary food articles like rice, wheat and pulses were stable.
Even the Bharatiya Janata Party come down heavily on Rahul Gandhi for his statement linking rising prices to coalition government.
“Rahul’s statement on inflation shows his lack of knowledge. What has coalition government to do with price control,” said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
Rahul Gandhi had sparked off a controversy by blaming coalition politics for the UPA Government’s failure to fight inflation.
“It was a single party government then (during Indira Gandhi’s prime ministership) while today it is a coalition and so has some compulsions,” Rahul had replied when students in Lucknow asked why the UPA Government was not able to control inflation and corruption as his grandmother and late prime minister Indira Gandhi could do.
Rahul’s statement came at a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is planning a Cabinet reshuffle and is expected to split the Agriculture and Food portfolios - both currently with Sharad Pawar.
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also met Pawar and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi to discuss the issue of price rise.

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