New Delhi, Jun 13 (UNI) As the headline inflation rate for the week ended May 31 rose to a seven-year high of 8.75 per cent, the BJP today alleged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was taking the country towards a double-digit inflation once again.
''The Prime Minister, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and their team have been misleading and cheating people with false assurances and the fact that the inflation has jumped from 8.24 to 8.75 in one week showed how badly the government has failed to curtail the price rise and inflation,'' BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told newspersons.
He said Dr Singh during his stint as Finance Minister in the mid 90s had led the country towards a double-digit inflation with Mr Chidambaram as Commerce Minister and Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia as Finance Secretary. ''This team will take the country towards this dubious distinction one more time,'' Mr Rudy alleged.
Mr Rudy said the 'aam aadmi'-- on whose name the UPA government had ascended to power-- was feeling ''terrorised'' by the ''failures'' of the government to protect them from the onslaught week after week. ''None of their prescriptions and measures seem to be working,'' he claimed.
He said the UPA government had served a death sentence to the common man and the Left parties now may be criticising the government but they should understand that they cannot distance themselves from the ''failures of the Congress-led UPA government as they have supported the government from outside''.
During the NDA regime, the inflation was contained well below four per cent in 2003-04 and the prices of essential commodities were under check.
Mr Rudy took exception to Mr Chidambaram's claim that Chhattisgarh had sought much lower Minimum Support Price for paddy than yesterday's Rs 850 announced by the Union Cabinet. He also produced the letters written by Chief Minister Raman Singh right from 2007, asking the Centre to increase the MSP to Rs 1000.
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