Thu, Feb 23, 2017 | updated 03:46 PM IST

Jaitley counters Rahul Gandhi, says UPA left India with double-digit inflation

Updated: Jul 28, 2016 19:06 IST

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Responding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's charges on price rise and his 'Arhar Modi' rant directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday alleged that there was policy paralysis during the former UPA regime as they left the nation with double-digit inflation.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said, "There was policy paralysis during UPA, the earlier government left the country with double digit inflation."

Stating that the present inflation was due to seasonal factors, the Finance Minister said the government has taken several steps to control the prices of essential commodities.

"Inflation is under control. I expect it to reduce further with good monsoon," Jaitley said.

However, the Congress vice-president hit back and told the media outside the Parliament that the Finance Minister gave a long speech but did not answer his questions.

"He gave a thirty-minute long speech but did not answer my questions. I asked why is there such discrepancy between the price that the farmer gets and the price in the market," he said.

"This situation can be easily solved. If you want to bring down the prices, increase the supply. But you cannot do this because you want to benefit a selected number of people, who are big traders," he added.

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi for failing to control the rising prices of vegetables and other essential commodities, Gandhi earlier criticised the government in the Lok Sabha over the false promises made to the nation and failure to tackle the rampant inflation.

Gandhi said the BJP-led NDA Government had a grand celebration on its second anniversary but they forgot that none of their promises have been fulfilled in the last two years.

"Modi government celebrated its second happy birthday a few days back. While addressing the people, he spoke about Make in India, Connect India, Digital India, but he does not talk about price rise. Not once did he talk about pulses, potatoes and tomatoes," he said.

"Not once has the issue of price rise been addressed by the Modi government" he added.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Modi for failing to control the Dal prices, he said, "There is a new slogan which is now becoming popular in the villages, 'Arhar Modi, Arhar Modi, Arhar Modi," he said.

He further stated that the government can make false claims on Start-up India, Stand up India or for that matter Swachh Bharat initiative, but not on rising prices which has been spiraling out of control.

"Make as many empty promises as you want, but give this House a date by which prices will come down," he said.

He said that not even one person was employed under the 'Make in India' initiative. (ANI)

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Unleashing a tirade of accusations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in his bastion Amethi said the latter knows that he is going to lose, adding that he is now resorting to hate politics.

Full Story >>

Ambedkar Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack at Amit Shah over his 'Kasab' remark, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday said there is no bigger 'Kasab' (terrorist) than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president.

Full Story >>

Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The political fight which began over 'donkey' remark took another turn on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi taunted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying the Congress, with which the Samajwadi Party is in alliance with, is the same party which took out postal stamps of donkeys in 2013.

Full Story >>

Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): At least six people were killed and two critically injured after a head-on collision took place between a bus and a truck on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday took charge as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)'s deputy general secretary.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (ANI): The government is working actively on providing quality education to students, as it believes that only a proper and quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with strong character.

Full Story >>

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], Feb.23, (ANI): Fire could be used for several purposes, but one could never think of using fire for painting. Kamal Rana from Gujarat's Vadodara had turned the imagination into truth by using fire flames in his art work which he claimed to be the longest painting of the world.

Full Story >>

Balrampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the party which first dubbed laptop as a 'rattle' has now included it in its manifesto.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb.23 (ANI): As the voting is underway for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, 39 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Post weak performance of the Congress party in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls in Maharashtra, its party leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday resigned from the post of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chairman post.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.23 (ANI): Injured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer, Chetan Cheeta's medical condition still remains critical, according to medical bulletin released on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed petition seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate into admission of Madhya Pradesh-Pre Engineering Test (PET) which was held in 2012-13.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): A day after clash broke out between All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students at the Delhi University's Ramjas College, the Delhi Police on Thursday called for strict action, while asserting that few policemen's unprofessional actions were also noticed in handling law and order situation during the scuffle.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Feb 23. (ANI): The high-voltage Uttar Pradesh election has turned out a 23.78 of voter percentage by 11 am in the fourth phase of the Assembly polls.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear the plea filed by the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) seeking inclusion of the Urdu language in the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET).

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb.22 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Thursday expressed confidence of victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.

Full Story >>

Ambala (Haryana) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The security has been beefed up in Ambala on Thursday in wake of Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) call to dig Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal near Shambhu barrier.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): Coming out defiantly against the allegation of being involved in a corruption case related to meat exporter Moin Qureshi, former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief A.P. Singh on Thursday said majority of chats between him and the former took place after his retirement.

Full Story >>

Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): With the voting for the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly election begun on 53 constituencies, Villagers in Fatehpur's Khaga boycott polling over developmental issues.

Full Story >>

Surat (Gujarat) [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday attached assets worth Rs. 1,02,16,000 of Gujarat-based financier Kishore Bhajiawala under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case.

Full Story >>