BJP-AAP Duel over Gujarat Farmers’ Suicides, Gas pricing - The New Indian Express

BJP-AAP Duel over Gujarat Farmers’ Suicides, Gas pricing

Published: 27th March 2014 07:45 AM

Last Updated: 27th March 2014 07:45 AM

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and BJP on Wednesday entered into a war of words over farmers suicide in Gujarat and Narendra Modi’s view on the gas pricing issue with both the sides accusing each other of falsehood and bluffing the people of the country.

With AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal continuing his attack on Modi, the Gujarat Government issued a statement saying the former Delhi chief minister “is bluffing, which is his political tradition.”

“Kejriwal might get some publicity, but will not be successful as people will give him a much-needed answer,” the statement said. The statement issued in the name of Gujarat Government was released by the state unit of the BJP.

On the gas pricing issue, the BJP said that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on  Finance, headed by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha,  had seriously questioned the pricing policy and sought review of the same. The AAP was quick to react saying the standing committee is that of Parliament, not of the BJP.

“It also says nothing of the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee’s position on gas pricing. Neither does the BJP explain what serious questioning of gas policy really entails,” the party said, while releasing a letter from the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation on gas pricing.

“The letter clearly recommends a gas price formula, which if you insert the current market price of Brent crude crosses $14 which is even higher than what the UPA very generously recommends to favour Reliance. The logic of this formula is the same as the market value logic of the UPA,” it further said.

Against the claims made by Kejriwal that over 5,000 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat, the BJP said the state has reported only one farmer suicide.

Citing the data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the AAP said: “The BJP rebuttal claiming the Gujarat has made excellent arrangement for infrastructure and inputs that have been able to avoid farmer suicides is shockingly tragic and removed from the data available.”

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