RS member takes up issue of price rise in pulses, vegetables

New Delhi: Taking a jibe at BJP for rising prices, Congress MP Pramod Tiwari today said when the ruling party will go to seek votes, it will face the ire of housewives as the prices of pulses and vegetables have skyrocketed.

"BJP had said it will bring 'achche din' (good days), but now people are saying bring back our 'bure din' (bad days)," Tiwari said while raising the issue of price rise during the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha.

He said while industrial growth has remained flat, inflation has risen to 5.77 per cent and exports are declining.

As per latest government data, retail inflation inched up to a 22-month high of 5.77 per cent in June on increase in food prices including cereals and vegetables.

"The government has joined hands with certain special persons and prices of pulses have shoot up to Rs 205-210 per kg and the case of vegetables is also the same," he said.

He said even RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on the question of bringing down interest rates, had said that first he should be told whether the inflation rate has come down.

Viplove Thakur (Congress) raised the issue of funds not being allocated to elected members of Zila Parishads. She said funds were being given to gram panchayats due to the directions of the 14th Finance Commission, which is impacting development work.