Rising inflation fallout of UPA legacy: Rajnath Singh

The BJP president said that his government's performance cannot be evaluated in just 10-15 days.

By: Press Trust of India | Khajuraho | Published: June 21, 2014 8:31 pm
rajnath Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Source: PTI)

Union Home Minister and BJP President Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that rising inflation was a fallout of the policy paralysis that prevailed during the Congress-led UPA regime and added that nascent Narendra Modi government will need time to rein in the price rise.

“The failures of Congress-led UPA government, the kind of policy paralysis prevailing at that time, will have its impact in the country. We are trying to neutralise it and also making efforts to check inflation,” Rajnath told reporters here.

The Home Minister was addressing reporters after inaugurating Madhya Pradesh BJP’s two-day training session for newly-elected MPs and MLAs.

“The country is facing a host of problems and this government has started functioning from last 15 days only. We need some time to overcome them,” he said.

Replying to a query on hike in the rail fare, Rajnath said that it was the decision of the erstwhile UPA government.

“I want to assure people of the country that this government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will not only ensure that it emerges strong on economic front, but also in other areas,” Rajnath said.

The BJP president said that his government’s performance cannot be evaluated in just 10-15 days.

“You cannot evaluate the government’s performance in just 10-15 days unless we frame a policy. And a policy cannot be formulated in just 10 days or a month. Media must make people aware on the issue,” the Home Minister said.

The wholesale price inflation (WPI) accelerated in May at the quickest pace since December, led by an increase in prices of potatoes, fruits, egg, meat and fish, prompting the government to unveil anti-inflationary measures earlier this week.
Meanwhile, replying to a query on the Iraq crisis, Rajnath said that all possible efforts are being made to safely evacuate the Indians who are trapped in that country.

“The Prime Minister held a meeting yesterday in which the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Home Ministry (officials) were also present,” he said.

Rajnath said that the people of the country were aware about the crisis in Iraq from where oil is imported. “I want to assure people that there is a difference between the previous Congress government and the current BJP government.
BJP is known for providing good government,” he said.

The Home Minister also expressed satisfaction over the ongoing probe into the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.

Earlier, addressing the newly-elected MPs and MLAs, the BJP chief asked them to remain committed to their duty and try to fulfil expectations of people.

The session was also addressed by the party’s National Organisation General Secretary, Ram Lal, and Union Minister for Steel and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the state BJP president.


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  1. Valerian Menezes
    Jun 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm
    The Home Minister seems to be in his own world of Congress baiting. He has forgotten that his party has won a mive mandate and his decisions and actions like raising rail fare are fueling inflation more than what happened during Congress regime. Poor fellow, he has not woken up to reality.
    1. K
      Jun 22, 2014 at 5:54 am
      What Rajnath singh said should come true.they have many difficulties in sorting out the issues,but they must be firm in their job.All expected a change from this government.What they have to do is remove the middlemen from any produce there will be no inflation. this prise rise should be curbed immediately as this is the most expected wish of all and if the officials are strict and honest.this can be carried out and a victory poll promise for the people.
      1. N
        Jun 22, 2014 at 3:36 am
        The BJP is known to provide good Government said Rajnath Singh, but if inflation continues due to the oil crisis , then it'll still be the fault of the UPA for not taking initiatives to keep Iraq united !
        1. K
          Jun 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm
          BJP should stop behaving like a opposition party and take responsibility for their own actions. How is UPA responsible for latest diesel price hike in NDA rule or railway fare hike? We dont expect BJP to end inflation in 30 days but we definitely expect them to stop taking policy actions which will lead to more inflation
          1. Satya Ramchander
            Jul 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm
            THE TIME FOR COMPLAINING IS OVER... IT IS TIME FOR ACTION AND RESULTS...AS SOMEBODY RIGHTLY SAID..... I am not interested in excuses for non-performance...I am only interested in getting things done.... SO DEAR HM JI, STOP COMPLAINING AND START FULFILLING PROMISES....
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