Defending his ally BJP, which has been accused by Prasad of conspiring to put him behind bars, Paswan said the allegations amounted to an insult of the judiciary as he has been convicted by a court not the saffron party.
In the run up to the polls, which will be held in two phases next month, the BJP has deployed Ram Vilas Paswan in its campaign in an attempt to woo Dalit voters.
The Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) sought the minister’s intervention in this regard, urging him to issue a notification permitting pasting of revised prices till March 31, 2018, in order to enable traders to liquidate the stocks
“If poor people die of hunger, it is a matter of concern. We will be sending a central team probe the matter,” Paswan told PTI.
“There is no shortage of sugar in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, major producing states. During the festival season, we will not allow prices to go up. We will ensure sugar rates remain stable,” said Ram Vilas Paswan.
“The panel, which is to be headed by the consumer affairs secretary, will study and submit a status report within three days. We will see if there is any jurisdiction… We want to protect the interests of home buyers,” Paswan told reporters.
Three devices — Electronic Flow Meters, Tamper-proof Electronic Seals and Pulsar — have been tested by the Legal Metrology Department, a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official told reporters.
Farmers are the backbone of the country. Manufacturers can decide price for their products, but farmers cannot. Farmers are not able to recover cost of production. Therefore, our government is making full effort to improve the lives of farmers.”
Paswan said the decision to raise the creamy layer ceiling to Rs 8 lakh per annum from Rs 6 lakh would help a large number of OBC families. He, however, made it clear that there was no plan to introduce a similar creamy layer bar among the SCs and STs
Paswan, the Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, mentioned that the government had taken a historic step of procuring 16 lakh tons of pulses while efforts are being made for providing water for irrigating their fields.
“We will make a clean sweep in Bihar in 2019 general election and Lalu Prasad and his associates would draw a blank.” With NDA government both at the Centre and Bihar, the pace of development would accelerate, Ramvilas Paswan added.
Paswan, who heads the LJP in Bihar and is part of the Nitish Kumar government, added, “Nobody is supporting Yadav.”
Nitish Kumar was sworn in as the chief minister yesterday, as he returned to the NDA after four years. The day earlier, he had resigned as the chief minister, with the JD(U) breaking ranks with its allies — Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress.
“This was to happen. None can stay comfortable in company of ‘egoistic’ Lalu Prasad Yadav. Nitish Kumar always looked under a spell of tension when he was with Yadav. The BJP-JD(U) is a natural alliance,” Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters at New Delhi.
Things are getting out of control as there is no governance in Bihar, the Union minister said, adding that the government was running like a lame cat.