Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 (ANI): Commenting on the rising food prices, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Saturday said it is the worst effect of the Central Government for common man, even though the country has an economics specialist Prime Minister.
"The worst consequence of the UPA government for the common man has been inflation, and as everyone must have noticed that on October 14, food inflation rose to 11.43 percent, prices of vegetable rose by 25 percent and the trend continues even though we have supposedly economics expert as the country's Prime Minister," Advani told the media here.
The food price index rose 10.60 percent in the year and the fuel price index climbed 15.17 percent, according to data on October 20.
Sluggish industrial output, high rates and fallout from the euro zone crisis have all taken their toll on Asia's third-largest economy, with its main policymakers revising down their growth forecasts for the fiscal year.
Criticising Manmohan Singh, Advani strongly objected to his comments that coalition often came in the way of acting strongly against corruption.
"So it is only in matter of policy that alliance imposes constraints, not in matter so of integrity. But it was in terms of integrity that the Prime Minister once spoke about that what can I do, these are constraints, he used the word; he said it is coalition dharma, compulsions of coalition dharma. There are no compulsions of coalition dharma and therefore it is that I refer today to the fact that the attempt is to make the coalition partners a scapegoat of corruption for which the whole government is responsible," said Advani.
He further said that the central government is in a state of civil war, with senior ministers speaking against each other.
Advani complimented Tamil Nadu government and police on the recovery of crude explosives on his route, saying the matter must be investigated.
"I hope that those behind this incident would be located, the matter must be investigated but as things have proceeded till now I would like to compliment the Tamil Nadu government and the police for what they have done," said Advani. (ANI)