Maya demands Pawar's removal over milk price

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New Delhi, Jan 21: Already in the bad book of  BSP and BJP over the sugar pricing, the remark of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on milk prices has paved the way for both the parties to demand Pawar's resignation.

Threatening to stay away from the meeting of chief ministers called by prime minister Manmohan Singh over price rise, Mayawati asked for the removal of Pawar by Jan 27.

"I request Manmohan Singh to remove him immediately, otherwise it will indicate that whatever statements Pawar has given, he had done with the consent of the PM," she said.

The BSP chief said that the Pawar's statement was not only irresponsible but it was give a morale boost to hoarders and profiteers.

"Pawar had today said that prices of milk and dairy products could increase in future. It is unfortunate that a senior minister is giving such irresponsible statements, which will only boost morale of hoarders and profiteers," Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow.

Sharing Mayawati's statement, BJP termed the UPA government as the 'most insensitive' in the wake of the party's high-level delegation's meeting with the prime minister over the price rise.

"Remarks by Pawar that milk availability is declining and prices will go up shows the government is most insensitive," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said in New Delhi.

Criticizing the government, another spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that either "price control mechanism of the government has collapsed or the government is itself heading for a collapse".

Meanwhile, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi appealed for a joint effort to come up with 'expeditious solution'.

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