'BJP has no right to take up price rise issue'

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Bangalore, May 5: AICC General Secretary and Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had no moral right to raise the price rise issue during campaigns for the Assembly elections in Karnataka.

Addressing a press conference here, he said rise in prices of essential commodities was a global phenomenon, caused by increase in prices of crude oil and food in the global market. The UPA Government had taken steps to curb price rise and it would take some time for the results to be seen.

''The BJP has taken price rise and national security as its poll plank as it had no issue to boast about since its achievement as part of a coalition Government with the JD(S) was a big zero. During the 20-month rule, both the parties had indulged in pulling each other's legs for portfolios,'' he alleged.

Claiming that the Congress had received 'overwhelming' response during electioneering, Mr Chavan said ''people are fed up with coalition Governments, which failed to deliver, and are favouring the Congress which alone can provide a stable Government.'' To a question, the Congress leader said Ms Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would not pose any challenge to the Congress in Karnataka since her game plan in Uttar Pradesh would not work elsewhere. The 'traditional' vote banks, which favoured the BJP and JD(S) in the 2004 elections, had returned to the Congress.

He alleged that the BJP was trying to bring communal polarisation into Karnataka politics and it had been exposed.


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