GOPALGANJ: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday hit out at the Congress holding it responsible for the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, barely three days after praising the party and its president Sonia Gandhi and desiring to have ties with it in Jharkhand and Bihar.

“The prices of essential commodities are soaring day by day and the Congress has proved inefficient and ineffective to contain them,” Mr. Prasad told newspersons here.

He was here to offer prayers at a temple in his ancestral house at Fulwaria in Gopalganj district.

On Sunday, he had praised Ms. Gandhi and her party saying the RJD had shared a strong bond with them for a long time. He had also called for an alliance between the RJD and the Congress in Jharkhand and Bihar.

Referring to the results of the recent Bihar Assembly by-elections, Mr. Prasad said: “Nitish Kumar took the by-polls as a practice match which led to the NDA performing poorly. We (RJD-LJP) treated the by-polls as semi-finals and won. We consider the 2010 Assembly polls in Bihar as final and we are sure of winning.” He said the RJD-LJP front has geared itself up to replace the “fascist and communal” government with people’s support. - PTI