New Delhi, Feb 6: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at the Centre for blaming bad weather conditions for the price rise in essential commodities.
"I am surprised to learn that the government of India has attributed price rise to 'adverse' weather and climate change," Modi said on Saturday, Feb 6, contending that the climatic conditions were worse between 2000-02 but the prices were controlled.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was in power at Centre between 1998-2004.
'More adverse climatic conditions' prevailed in the three years and had 'equally adverse effect on agriculture production', the CM said at the chief minister's conference convened by prime minister Manmohan Singh.
"Yet, the food inflation was contained within five per cent through better supply side management," he said.
Besides this, Modi also rejected the Centre's statement that the spiralling prices were a result of hike in minimum support price.