Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh unit of BJP would be organising fortnight long protest demonstrations across the State from August 16 onwards to build public opinion against what it describes as Central UPA Government's "failure" to tackle the menace of rising prices.

Making this announcement at the State BJP headquarters here this afternoon, the party spokesman, Umashankar Gupta, said that all the 584 divisional units of the State BJP would join the agitation between August 16 and 30 to build a people's movement against soaring prices. Mr. Gupta said that they would be handing over to district officials memorandums addressed to the President urging him to prevail upon the Central Government to initiate the "right steps" to bring down prices.

He said that there has been an unprecedented rise in prices of essential commodities due to the lopsided policies of the UPA Government. He said: "The Left parties have only staged a drama of protest while the UPA Government has demonstrated that it is not at all serious about tackling the problem of rising prices." Mr. Gupta said that the former National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre had left behind massive stocks of wheat and other foodgrains but under the UPA Government, the country was being forced to import wheat.