Senior BJP leader and a sitting MP from Bihar Shatrughan Sinha once again criticized his own government at the Centre. Speaking on the critical issue of spike in the prices of dal (pulses) and onions, the two essential eatables of the middle-class kitchen, Mr. Sinha sought his BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to take urgent steps and stop the surging of food prices. Off late, Modi government has been facing a frontal criticism over the prices of dal jumping manifold. One variety of pulses is even costing more than Rs. 200 per kilograms.
“Dal (pulses) prices touch Rs 200. Urgent steps required by Centre to contain this! We have seen the tears that onion prices have brought in the past,” Shatrughan Sinha wrote in a series of remarks on the micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday.
Sinha, a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Patna Sahib, held a Union minister position during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
With the price of common dal rising to whopping Rs 167 per kg and some of the high-end variety of the pulses has breaching Rs. 200 mark, the Union government has imported 5,000 tonne dal and more 2000 tonne will be imported further.
Referring to the Bihar Assembly polls, the BJP leader though didn’t name any particular party but claimed that he favoured those who can propel the state on road to progress. Tweeting on the issue, he said, “I pray that the election results are also in favour of those that will propel our Bihar on the road of true progress.”
“This is a festival that celebrates the victory of Good over Evil, Right over Wrong, Truth over Falsehood and Humility over Arrogance,” the 69-year-old actor-turned-politician said.
It is not for the first time that Mr. Sinha has held a view at variance with his party line. On earlier occasions as well, he has criticised the government drawing gentle flak from his own party.
Despite naming him in the list of 40 star campaigners which was sent to the Election Commission before commencement of the poll process, the BJP is yet to use him aggressively in the campaign for Bihar Assembly polls.
(With inputs from the PTI)