Coming down heavily on its senior alliance partner, the Shiv Sena sought to know whether the people voted the BJP to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra to continue grappling with high inflation.
       
"Did the people vote the new government to power in Maharashtra and at the Center to let the monster called inflation sit on people's chests and continue to wreak havoc? Will the prices of essential commodities continue to increase? What the about the economy of the country?" the Sena asked in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
    
The Maharashtra government has increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, which will in turn raise transport costs, and ultimately further increase the prices of foodstuffs, it said.
    
"It was easy to blame inflation on then Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh while the UPA government was in power. It had become a hobby for people to make fun of Manmohan Singh. But now the government has changed. One year has passed, but the new government has failed to use its magic wand and ward off inflation," the junior alliance partner said.
    
It is the second time in recent days that the Sena has virtually defended Manmohan Singh.
    
It had earlier said that the contributions of P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh towards bolstering India's economy can't be forgotten.

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