Joshi lambasts Centre for ''weak'' economic policy

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Bhopal, Sep 8 (UNI) Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murali Manohar Joshi today lambasted the United Progressive Alliance government for ''weakening the country's economy and failing to tackle inflation''.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Joshi said the inflation figure, projected by the Centre, was not real and the people were the worst sufferers of the 'faulty' economic policy of the government.

He stressed the need for striking a balance among investment, growth and inflation but alleged that the government's ''failure'' in this regard resulted in the decrease in production.

On the shrine issue, the former Union Minister said that the government's ''weak policy'' was exposed and the decision of returning the land could have been taken one month earlier.

Expressing concern over the increase of separatism and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Johsi said it would have a long-term impact not only on the state but also on the whole country.

He claimed that the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had created a congenial atmosphere in the valley but the UPA government had spoiled it.

''During this Indepndence Day no tri-colour hoisted in the valley and the government failed to initiate any action,'' Mr Joshi lamented.

He also criticised the government for taking the support of the Samajwadi Party, which, he said, was against the banning of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

He also expressed concern over the condition of farmers and said there should be transparency in the government's decision of waiving loan to peasants.

The senior BJP leader suggested that there should be a consensus among all the major parties over the burning issues and the BJP would go to the people in the coming elections, highlighting the 'failure' of the government.

Talking about the future of Indian politics, Mr Joshi said ''In today's scenario no single party is able to form government on its own and it seems a coalition government is inevitable''.

He said that owing to the successive coalition governments at Centre, the people were suffering and urged the people to cast their vote for a single party.

The former union minister said that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), was a double-edged sword.

About the nuclear deal, Mr Joshi said the party was watching the next course of action of the US Congress and if the Prime Minister deviated from his July 18, 2005 speech in Parliament the party would oppose the deal.

Reacting to the recent attacks on church, the BJP leader felt that conversion by luring the weaker section in the society triggered incidents but the ''Root cause of such violence has to be seen.'' UNI BDG KV RR VC/KP1530

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