Special Correspondent

Economist-triumvirate blamed for people’s hardship

BANGALORE: The former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Venkaiah Naidu, and the party General Secretary, H.N. Ananth Kumar, on Monday charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia with bungling the financial policy leading to the steep rise in the prices of essential commodities in the country.

While Mr. Naidu, accompanied by the State unit president, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, and the former Union Minister, Dhananjaya Kumar, spoke at a press conference, Mr. Ananth Kumar criticised the Union Government at a campaign rally at the Dattatreya Temple bordering Malleswaram and Gandhinagar Assembly constituencies here.

Mr. Naidu said that the economist-triumvirate of the Congress-led Government at the Centre was responsible for the hardship of the people, who were being made to cough up their hard-earned money to buy essentials.

He said that the people did not have to stand in queue nor did they face any shortage of foodgrains, essential commodities, gas and petrol or diesel when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was in power at the Centre.

Terming the Congress as the “most communal of all”, he said the Congress, the Janata Dal (S) and the Samajwadi Party have realised that they would not get majority and that was why they were talking of having a coalition even before the elections.

He charged them with having a covert understanding by not fielding candidates in all the 224 constituencies.

The BJP would form the government under the leadership of B.S. Yeddyurappa, he added.

If they were of the view that they should defeat the BJP, which they alleged as being communal, the course open to them was to form an anti-BJP alliance, forgetting their differences, he added.

The Janata Dal (S), he said, was again playing the role of a spoiler hoping that the people would not give a clear mandate to any single party.