Gowda blames CM for price rise

Gowda blames CM for price rise

BJP govt is turning a blind eye to hoarding of essential commodities

Gowda blames CM for price rise

all for one: JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda along with CPI(M) Secretary G N Nagaraj, CPI Secretary Siddanagowda Patil, Forward Block State President Shivshankar, former MLA Sriramreddy, JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy, Working President P G R Sindhia, former ministers Bandeppa Kashampur and C Narayanswamy at the rally against price rise in Bangalore on Tuesday. dh Photo

“Blackmarketeers are the backbone of Yeddyurappa,” he said, addressing a rally against the price rise at the Palace grounds, organised by the party along with the CPI, CPI(M) and Forward Block as part of the nation-wide protest.

“Essential commodities, including foodgrains and fertiliser, are being hoarded in large quantity, but the BJP Government is turning a blind eye to them. This coupled with frequent hike in petrol prices and other anti-people policies of the Centre, has badly hit the poor,” he said.

Severe shortage of fertiliser had arisen due to rampant hoarding. Protesting farmers were even killed in Haveri by the Government. Black marketeers and wholesale traders are thriving at the cost of common man in the State, he stated.

“I feel ashamed to go to my village (Haradanahalli) in Hassan. People are suffering without adequate food. Many of the villagers, who are 20 years younger to me, as now looking much older due to lack of nutritious food... I think a French Revolution has to happen here for things to come to normal. Time will soon come when people will kick corrupt politicians... I hope I will be alive to see those days,” the former prime minister said. JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy alleged that the State Government on its part has not made efforts to contain the price rise. It had various options like slashing tax rates, checking hoardings and others, he added.

CPI(M) Secretary V J K Nair alleged that future trading in food grains and frequent hike in fuel prices are responsibility for price rise. Earlier, leaders of the participating parties led by JD(S) working president P G R Sindhia submitted a memorandum to the Governor.