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‘Their aim is to form a coalition Government in the State’

SHIMOGA: The BJP General Secretary and MP, Ananth Kumar, said on Monday that the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) had initiated secret talks to form a coalition Government in the State.

Addressing presspersons here, he said that it only showed their desperate intention to stop the BJP from gaining a clear majority. “But people will thwart the secret plan of these parties and vote the BJP to power in appreciation of its commitment to provide a clean, stable and forward-looking Government,” he said.

He said that the people, who were disgusted with Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda’s “hunger for power” and the “failure” of the Congress, were looking for a viable alternative.

He said that the Congress-led UPA Government had “failed” to keep inflation under check. “As a result, prices of foodgrains and other essential commodities keep increasing causing hardship to the people,” he added.

Mr. Ananth Kumar said that the reported hint by Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram that the trend would continue for the next four months confirmed the apprehensions that the price index would make a new record in its upward trend.

He said that the food stock in the country, which touched the 40 lakh tonne mark during the regime of the NDA Government, had reached four lakh tonnes.