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Rahul Gandhi earns NCP’s wrath over inflation remark

Rahul Gandhi earns NCP’s wrath over inflation remark
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First Published: Wed, Jan 12 2011. 02 10 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jan 12 2011. 02 10 PM IST
New Delhi: The unabated inflation seem to be creating troubles for the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) as a coalition partner came out strongly against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s defense for his party on the issue of price rise.
“Containing inflation and controlling prices are the joint responsibilities of the union government. You cannot blame any individual or party for it.” senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar said.
Anwar was responding to Gandhi’s alleged statement defending the Congress-led government for its failure to control the spiraling prices by saying that it was under coalition “compulsions.”
“It was a single party government then (during late prime minister Indira Gandhi’s regime) while today it is a coalition and so has some compulsions.,” the 40-year-old Congress general secretary said during an interaction with students in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Anwar said it was not correct to blame a coalition partner as “all the decisions were taken collectively by the cabinet.”
“His approach is wrong when coalition governments are running smoothly in many countries,” Anwar said.
The UPA government, which has been struggling to wriggle out of a range of corruption charges and controversies, has not been able to make effective intervention despite trying variety of fiscal and administrative measures.
The government seems to be holding no optimism.
With the Index of Industrial Production dipping to an 18-months-low at 2.7% in November, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesy, “If IIP goes down and inflation goes up it will have adverse impact (on economic growth), but I am not coming to any premature conclusion.”
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First Published: Wed, Jan 12 2011. 02 10 PM IST