Staff Reporter

State BJP chief addresses a human chain

HYDERABAD: State BJP president Bandaru Dattatreya has challenged the Government to come forward for an open discussion on the rising prices of essential commodities instead of making false claims.

Mr. Dattatreya, who was addressing a human chain formed at Liberty Circle as a part of the Jan Jagaran agitation of the party on Tuesday, said the Government was least bothered about the price rise and no essential commodity was available at an affordable price even after Ministers issued statements of controlling the price rise.

Black marketers

Onions are selling at Rs. 16 per kg despite the Government promising to supply at Rs. 6.50 per kg.

Black marketers have stored more than two lakh tonnes of pulses leading to price rise but the Government has so far not raided a single dealer.

He reminded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had warned all the Congress Chief Ministers to control prices at a special meeting held last year, but the prices have only spiralled.

He said Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has proudly claimed that ration cards have been increased from two crores to four crores but there is nothing in the ration shops to supply.

10 litres

Earlier, white ration cardholders used to draw 18 litres of kerosene, but now that is reduced to 10 litres only.

He said the "Jan Jagaran" agitation would continue till February 15 all over the State.

Later, he released a list of comparative prices of essential commodities during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Governments (see graphics).