“Did we take away onions, potatoes and tomatoes and store them in a bank?” asked Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma and claimed that ‘instead of good days, days of tears’ had come after the NDA government took charge at the Centre.

"If they had to take the same steps as we did then what was the need for a change of government? It is ridiculous,” he added while responding to Jaitley’s comment.

The former commerce and industry minister claimed that the NDA government had taken no tangible steps to check rising prices. He also accused the Centre of ‘callous’ attitude on the matter.

Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav also took potshots at the government on the issue.

“Tum Mujhe Vote Do, Main Tumhe Mehngai doonga (You give me votes, I will give you price rise). Who said to whom?” he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Meanwhile, talking about the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Sharma said it had been ‘truncated’ and now includes only two instead of three members, namely Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The government has to come out with a plausible explanation for this mutilation of the ACC,” he said.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, which finalises appointments of all senior bureaucrats, will now include only the Prime Minister and Home Minister. The former UPA regime had brought in the minister in-charge of the concerned ministry into the panel for selection of officials to their departments.

Sharma also alleged that the Prime Minister has ‘curtailed’ the role of ministers.

(JPN/Agencies)

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