Rising prices, terrorism to prove nemesis of UPA govt: BJP

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Chandigarh, Apr 4 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party today declared here that unbridled rise in prices, terrorism and corruption was bound to bring a downfall of ''direction-less'' United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre.

''The faulty and incompetent policies of the UPA coalition, which was bogged down by its own partners like the Left, had not only resulted in the unprecedented inflation but also in a spate in terrorist activities,''' BJP secretary and incharge of Punjab Balbir Punj said here at a press conference.

Making a scathing attack on the UPA ''non-governance'' he said that since it came to power four years ago, the government had increased the prices of petroleum good 8 times, which had a cascading effect resulting in spiralling prices.

The government, instead of taking measures like countering rise in global crude prices by rationalising the duty on petro product, had resorted to ''fleecing'' the people, he said. He also criticised the RBI move to holding down Indian Rupee and strengthening the US Dollar on the pretext of boosting exports, which he said had proved counter-productive.

''It was ironical that despite having Dr Manmohan Singh, a world-renowned economist as prime minister the nation's economy was in a mess. It is so because though the PM has his foot on accelerator, CPM controls the brakes and the remote of the government is with Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi,'' he claimed.

Mr Punj also expressed grave concern over increase in terrorist attacks across the country, including bomb blasts in Hyderabad, Samjhauta Express, Mumbai trains, Shramjivi express and attacks on many religious places.

''It was because of the 'appeasement policy' of the Congress-led government that during its regime, no a single major terrorist was nabbed, punished or even charge-sheeted, '' he said.

Responding to a query on the ''anti-outsiders'' campaign led by Raj Thakre in Maharashtra, Mr Punj accused Congress of promoting an ''anti-national'' like him in a bid to undermine Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's influence in the state.

''The Congress is playing with fire by once again promoting divisive and violent elements like it had done in Punjab and must stop this dangerous political misadventure forthwith,'' he said.

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