BHUBANESWAR: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday came down heavily on the BJP-led NDA Government for its failure to check the rising prices of essential commodities.
Leader of the BJD Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha Kalpataru Das said while BJP had assured in its election manifesto that it will check inflation of food items, it has only compounded the problem by enhancing the price of diesel. Besides, the Centre has raised price of railway fares before the Railway Budget that is to be tabled on Tuesday, he said.
Das alleged that the Modi Government’s discussion with the State ministers on action against hoarders and black-marketers and proposed amendment to the Essential Commodities Act was only an eyewash.
“While on the one hand, it has created a situation for price rise through hike in railway fare/freight, on the other, it is asking the State Government to act against hoarders and black-marketers which is unfortunate,” Das said.
The BJD leader demanded rollback of railway fare/freight prices. The Government should take Parliament into confidence and prepare a road map to check price rise, he said.