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BJP demands white paper on price rise

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari has demanded a white paper on the price rise issue.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari has demanded a white paper on the price rise issue.

The BJP on Tuesday demanded that the Central government bring out a white paper explaining the reasons behind the “unprecedented” rise in prices of essential commodities and order a probe into the causes leading to the situation.

Wrapping up his two-day visit to Assam, BJP president Nitin Gadkari told a press conference that rise in food price was taking place despite bumper crops and buffer stocks.

“The Congress government should give an explanation. While the price rise is unabated, the inflation is at a record 11 per cent and food inflation is hovering around 20 per cent.

“This is the sorry state of affairs despite government godowns overflowing and lakhs of tons of food grain rotting ... Inflation in other countries like the USA and China is very low,” he said.

“We demand a white paper from the UPA government as well as a thorough probe,” Mr. Gadkari said.

Mr. Gadkari said the “pitiable state of affairs” due to price rise was a “result of wrong economic policies and bad governance by a government which boasts of having one of the best economists in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh."

“Food security is in danger and the number of people living below the poverty line has gone up by 41 crore during the Congress regime,” he said.

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