Nagaland BJP condemns price hike

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Kohima, Jun 9 (UNI) The Nagaland unit of the BJP has condemned the price hike in petroleum products imposed by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and stated that inflation will destabilise the economy of the country.

In a statement here today, state BJP unit president Ato Yepthomi and BJP leader and Nagaland Forest Minister M C Konyak said the party had earlier decided to organise a statewide rally against such an ''irresponsible economic decision by the UPA government.'' However, considering the public inconveniences and the turbulence through which the people of Nagaland were passing due to factional killings, the party had decided to condemn the price rise instead of organising rallies.

The statement said the entire Northeast in general and Nagaland in particular would be badly hit by the price hike.

The party also urged the state government to consider relaxation in sales tax to a certain level on petroleum products for public benefit.

The BJP leaders alleged that wrong economic policies of various Congress governments at the Centre had brought the country to this critical juncture, which was brought under control by the NDA government during its short tenure at the Centre.

The BJP also condemned the policies of the Left Parties, including the CPI(M), CPI, Forward Bloc and others, which ''outwardly objected to all policies of the UPA government, but supported it in the name of biased secularism.'' ''The Left parties should take moral responsibility for bringing misery to poor people of the country and not even contest the forthcoming Parliamentary elections,'' the BJP said.

The party further demanded reduction of oil prices by the UPA government at the earliest in the interest of the poor people and try to compensate the losses by levying certain taxes on luxury items, the statement added.


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