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BJP slams UPA for hiking petrol prices before budget
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | February 18, 2008 18:45 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on the United Progressive Alliance government on Monday, for its decision to announce the hike in petroleum product prices, before the budget presentation. BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudy said that this was a gross violation of secrecy that is observed during the budget preparation exercise.
"The present government has made a mockery of the whole system by announcing the petroleum price hike, particularly when the budget session is round the corner," he said.
He also criticised Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who had alleged that the government in the states ruled by the BJP and its allies were acting as impediments in the fight against Naxalism.
"The statement of the home minister, that the BJP is a hurdle in the fight against Naxals, is outrageous. This blame game does not absolve the home minister of his responsibility of addressing the growing menace of Naxalism. His remarks are frivolous and unsolicited. The very act of repealing the Prevention Of Terrorism Act has made amply evident the intent and design of the UPA government towards addressing the issues of terrorism and other security related matters," he said.
When Rudy's attention was drawn towards the Centre's efforts to bring about an amendment whereby the Union government will be able to intervene in state matters, Rudy said the bill would have to be presented before the Parliament and the consent of the state governments would have to be obtained.
He also urged Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav not to put the lives of people from Bihar in danger by issuing provocative statements.
"Particularly when there has been no statement from the concerned person in Maharashtra," said Rudy.
He said if Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has set her eyes on becoming the Prime Minister of India, then the BJP does not have much to say about it.
Rudy also urged the Election Commission to look into the Centre's announcement of setting up high court branches in Meghalaya and Nagaland, days before the two states elect new state assemblies. "I would request the Election commission to have a look at the announcement made by the Law and Justice Minister and whether it amounts to the violation of the model code of conduct," he said.