Shimla: The congress today took the BJP government to task from playing politics upon the miseries of the common man saying that rising prices of essential commodities had been triggered by rising global crude oil prices and the UPA government was deeply concerned about its impact on the people.
Congress spokesman Kuldeep Rathore, that coping with rising food prices was not a local issue but had become a global one and was threatening many economies internationally.
However, he asked the BJP government to spell out what steps it had taken to contain prices. Rathore said, the government has even refused to reduce state taxes on petro products and at the same time making claims about having taken effective steps to control price rise.
By harping on holding the UPA government responsible for the problem, the state government was diverting attention to draw electoral benefits, said Rathore.
The congress would submit memorandums in all the districts about rising prices and if no action is taken, the party would intensify its protest.
He said that the recent BJP working committee meeting at Manali was nothing more than a picnic, in which state machinery was grossly misused. Other that patting each other back and criticizing the congress, there was not outcome from the exercise, said Rathore.
Blaming the government for laxity in maintaining law and order, the congress spokesman said that despite a forewarning enough steps were not taken to contain the violence that erupted in fair at Solan.
The congress supported the PTA teachers agitation for they had rendered valuable services at a time when there was gross shortage of staff in many schools, he said.