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BJP at Centre, BJD in Odisha competing for higher inflation: Niranjan

Bhubaneswar: Former PCC president Niranjan Patnaik has criticized the BJP for betraying the trust of the people by increasing passenger rail fare by 14.2 % and freight by 6 % at a time when the country is already reeling under severe inflationary pressure because of rise in prices of onion and potatoes and there is serious apprehension of a further rise in prices of Petrol and Diesel because of the growing uncertainties in the entire middle east and particularly Iraq.

The increase passenger fare and freight charges will have a cascading effect and drive the economy into an inflationary spiral, Patnaik alleged in a press release.

Patnaik said, “While campaigning during election BJP had promised to the people of India that they will reign in inflation. But, once they secured the mandate of the people they are talking about ‘bitter pill’. In the past all such economic decisions by the UPA Government was termed as ‘anti-people’ and now they have become ‘necessities for a stronger economy’. People of India have been cheated by supposedly an honest government.”

The Railways have not been incurring any operational loss and therefore the central Government should have waited for the regular budget to find funds for ongoing railway projects. The UPA Government had already allowed infusion of additional funds into the railways by allowing investment by the private sector on the PPP mode in dedicated freight corridor though the response had not been encouraging, Patnaik said.

The former PCC President also criticized the state government for their subdued criticism of the Central Government. “After parading his MPs before the Delhi durbar and promising constructive support Naveen Babu is in no position to speak strongly against the Central Government. In fact, why was he parading his MPs when other CMs like Jaylalitha met the PM in a dignified official way? What was he trying to prove by parading his MPs before the PM,” Patnaik wanted to know.

 “The decision of the state Government is ill-timed, unjustified and avoidable. The problem is BJD is clue less about economic growth and find no way of augmenting revenue collection and have passed on the burden to the common man to fund populist sops that can win votes. Why has the growth rate dipped and why has the revenue collection been poor except poor management of the state’s economy?” Patnaik stated.

The former Minister has demanded an immediate roll back on the rise in passenger fare by the central government and the increase in excise on petroleum products by the state government. It seems the BJP in Delhi and the BJD in the state are competing against each other to produce higher rates of inflation only after a few days of winning the election.

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