Shimla: The four month old incumbent ruling party today washed its hands of the issue of rising prices and laid the blame at the doors of the UPA government whose policies it said were responsible for it.
BJP today claimed success over a state wide bandh call given by the party with state BJP president Jai Ram Thakur saying â€œprice rise was hurting the people deeply and it was ironic that the UPA government led by an eminent economist Prime Minister and an equally eminent finance minister had failed to reign in rising prices.
He said that this single issue was responsible for defeat of congress in one state after another which included Punjab, Uttraanchal, Gujarat and also Himachal.
Making a comparison with the previous AB Vajapyee led NDA government, Thakur said that while the growth was lower during those years but inflation was one thing over which the government maintained strict vigil. Today the growth is at over 9% but inflation is soaring at over 7.5% levels, he said.
The issue of price rise would be prominent in the Hamirpur by-election and we will win it with a higher lead than the earlier by-election, claimed the state BJP president.