Shillong: The BJP blamed the Congress-led UPA Government on 16 April at the Centre for the price rise affecting the common people of the country.
The Meghalaya unit of the BJP accused the UPA Government of creating artificial scarcity of essential commodities.
As part of the BJP’s week-long nationwide protest against price rise, the Meghalaya unit of the BJP led by its president H.S Syiemlieh observed sit-in protest at Somo Parking space in Police Bazar areas here demanding a “rollback of the prices of essential commodities”.
Citing a few instances, Syiemlieh told newsmen that prices of essential commodities had shot up by 100% in Meghalaya.
The prices of mustard oil which was available at Rs45 went up to Rs85 and rice shot up from Rs12 to Rs24, Syiemlieh said. Cement-producing Meghalaya, he said, was also facing shortage of this commodity.
He said cement, a material required for construction work should be supplied within the state first before selling to the neighbouring states so that people would not have to face problems.
When asked what role the BJP would play to contain inflation, Syiemlieh said the party had asked the state government to see that no hoarding was allowed so that there was no scarcity of essential commodities. The BJP was part of the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance in the state.