Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said that when the BJP was in Opposition it used to claim that corruption in government was leading to rise in prices of commodities and asked if the party felt the same now when it was in power.

"Arun Jaitley has blamed hoarders for inflation and asked the state governments to keep a check on hoarding to check inflation. This statement of Jaitley should also be seen in conjunction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that people should be ready to swallow bitter pills,” Maken, who is the Communication Department Chairman of Congress, said.

“BJP and the government are trying to find excuses for non-performance because they are unable to fulfill hopes and aspirations of people about bringing 'achche din' (good days) as promised," he added.

'Achche din aane waale hain' was a prominent slogan of Narendra Modi-led BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

Maken said, "When we used to say hoarding, performance of the state governments and international developments play an important role in price rise, the BJP as an opposition party never accepted that and squarely blamed the UPA government.”

"It blamed corruption in the UPA government for price rise. Now we want to ask the BJP and its government that please tell us when there is a price rise, where is the corruption in your government,” he added.

Attributing the rise in inflation partly to withholding of food stocks by traders, Jaitley had earlier on Monday said the Centre is committed to ease supply side bottlenecks and also asked states to take firm measures against hoarders to check speculation.


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