MANGALORE: General secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) H.N. Ananth Kumar said on Sunday that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by the Congress had failed to control prices of essential commodities in the country.
Addressing a convention of women workers of the BJP at Thokkottu, near here, he said that under the UPA government’s rule, people were struggling to get cooking gas connection. It was not so when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power five years ago, he said.
The price of rice had touched Rs. 40 a kg, refined edible Rs. 80 a litre, pulses and cereals Rs. 60 a kg. This had affected common people, he said and added that the Congress was responsible for it.
The UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Left Parties were controlling the Prime Minister through “remote controllers”, he said. He said that the BJP would win in more than 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State in the coming elections.
The BJP government in the State kept toddy tapping out of the purview of Excise Department. “Why was the Congress, which has a senior leader representing toddy tapping community from Mangalore region, unable to do it?” he asked.
President of the State unit of the BJP D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that he was confident of the victory of the party’s candidate for Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Mr. Kateel spoke.
The BJP had organised conventions of women workers at Kavoor and Mannagudda here on Sunday.
Mr. Kumar and J. Krishna Palemar addressed party workers at Kavoor.