The Congress and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government are scared of facing Parliament on the issues of price rise and black money, senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu has alleged. Mr. Naidu, was here to campaign for the party candidate in the byelection to the Bellary Rural (ST) Assembly Constituency.
Addressing presspersons here on Friday, Mr. Naidu said: “We wanted a discussion on the price rise and black money on voting basis for which the UPA Government is not ready.
Mr. Naidu said that even as people were burdened by the frequent increase in the prices of essential commodities, the UPA Government was sleeping over the matter.
On the Union Cabinet approving 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail business, Mr. Naidu said that the BJP was opposed to it as it would severely affect the existing domestic small retail business.
Mr. Naidu said he had been appealing to the people to vote BJP to ensure stability and continuity in the pace of development. “I am unable to understand as to why the bypoll is being held in Bellary. B. Sriramulu should explain to the people as to why he resigned from the party even after BJP made him MLA, Minister, besides making his kin MLAs and MPs. In addition, his associates — Reddy brothers — were also made Ministers. After enjoying all these benefits, he should not have left the party and forced this byelection, which was unwarranted,” he said.
Answering a question, Mr. Naidu, while stating that “mutually both — the Reddy brothers and the government — benefited from each other”, was of the view that contesting as an independent was neither advantage to the constituency nor would bring in the desired change. “Ultimately his fan (symbol) would be without electricity (government)”.
Mr. Naidu admitted that development of the district was not upto the mark under the stewardship of Reddy brothers, though some development works did take place and welfare schemes implemented.