New Delhi, Jan 12 (Agencies): In a reply to Rahul Gandhi’s comment on price rise, the BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman, said on Wednesday that the coalition Govt cannot be an excuse for inflation. She further added that UPA is responsible for being indifferent towards the aam aadmi agenda.

Giving an alternative to the price rise problem, Sritharaman said that price should be fixed in an affordable range if not at the minimum range while keeping the farmers interest in consideration.

Earlier in the day, the NCP on Wednesday had also hit back at Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for holding coalition politics responsible for price rise, saying it was an injustice to blame Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar alone for the issue.

"I do not agree with his opinion....This is injustice to anyone because this is the responsibility of the entire government," NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar said.

He was reacting to Rahul Gandhi's contention that price rise was the result of coalition politics, a remark construed as a reference to Pawar. Congress had earlier also made oblique attacks on Pawar for price rise.

Anwar, a senior leader from Bihar, also reminded Congress of its poor show in the state where Rahul Gandhi had led the party campaign.

"I think Congress should understand what is the ground reality. After the Bihar election, where does Congress stand, Congress should understand. This is coalition era and we cannot ignore coalition governments," he said.

His remarks came a day after Gandhi, during an interaction with students in Lucknow said, "It was a single party government then (during Indira Gandhi's prime ministership) while on Wednesday it is a coalition and so has some compulsions".

The AICC general secretary was asked as to why the UPA government was "not able to control inflation and corruption as his grandmother and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi could do".

Meanwhile, the Congress has rejecting the BJP's claim and further added that during the Congress regime the nation witnessed the highest growth rate.