The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday challenged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance to get parliamentary approval for FDI in retail, the increase in diesel price and the cap on LPG if it had the numbers as claimed.

Addressing a press conference here, party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu questioned the need to push economic reforms now when the UPA had been in office for eight years. It had not held discussions with allies to arrive at consensus.

“The UPA is trying to divert the attention of people from its scams and scandals by pushing through the reforms now,” he said.

If the Prime Minister admitted that a 1991-like economic situation had returned, it was because of his failure and that of his government.

On the charge that the BJP was misleading the nation, Mr. Naidu said not just the Opposition, but the Congress’s allies too were openly opposing the reforms.

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