ANDHRA PRADESH

UPA fails on all fronts: Venkaiah

VIJAYAWADA, AUG. 21. The Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for remaining "insensitive" to some of the major problems faced by people. Though it is too early to comment on the performance of the new dispensation as it came to power only three months ago, the BJP is worried about the "wrong, confrontationist and negative" direction in which the Government is handling key issues.

"It is too early to comment about the performance of the UPA Government. And, one can comment about the performance, if it really performs. The UPA Government has only concentrated on politicking by sacking the Governors who are ideologically with the BJP, seeking changes in the textbooks as they reflect the real history and insulting national heroes like Veer Savarkar," the BJP national president, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said.

`Major issues neglected'

Mr. Naidu, who was here on a private visit, told a press conference that the Congress-led Government was showing least concern over major issues like the increasing inflation and threat to internal security. The Government did not give a serious thought to controlling the inflation despite the steep increase in prices of essential commodities while on the security front, there were serious problems in Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and other areas.

Inflation high

The inflation rate touched a record 8 per cent, as against the 3 to 3.5 per cent maintained during the NDA-Government. But, the Finance Minister and the Finance secretary claimed that they were "not unduly worried" by it.

Left ridiculed

The BJP chief asked the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to join the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to ensure the "longevity" of the Congress-led Government.

The CPI (M), which is claiming time and again that it will not bring down the Government, is now fighting for its demands. While on the one hand senior leaders of the CPI (M) like Buddhadeb Bhattacharya claim that the UPA Government is at their beck and call, the party directs its leaders and cadre to take to streets to get its demands conceded on the other. "Instead of asking the aged leaders and workers to do some exercise, they can directly approach the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh," says the BJP national president, M. Venkaiah Naidu.