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MLAs protest against price hike

Bhubaneswar, July 29: Members of the legislative Assembly today expressed concern over the rise in prices of essential commodities outside the House.

In the absence of the Opposition, the ruling party members demanded that the House adopt a resolution to condemn the UPA government for failing to controlling the escalating prices.

Though the Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat was silent on the demands, Congress chief Prasad Harichandan said: “Let the treasury bench pass a resolution against the UPA government. Our party would then react to it.”

“The ruling party BJD is trying to place the blame on the Centre,” added Harichandan.

Raising the issue during the zero hour, senior BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy said the price hike had hit the common man badly.

“As the UPA government is running on the active support of middlemen and traders, it has failed to initiate any action against them,” Tripathy alleged.

Launching an attack on the UPA government, Tripathy added: “While the price of dal was Rs 35 during the NDA regime, it had crossed Rs 60 during UPA rule.

The overall prices of essential commodities have risen by 20 per cent. Consequently the common man has to bear a huge burden.”

His party colleague Sanjay Kumar Dasburma said the price rise of essential commodities had exposed the failures of UPA government.

“As the Centre has hiked the price of diesel and petr ol, it had a spiral effect on the price of essential commodities,” he said.

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, an ally of the UPA, also condemned the price hike.

“The rise in prices has affected the common man,” said NCP MLA Prashant Nanda.

Other members including Bijay Nayak, Sananda Marandi, Nabin Nanda, Adika nda Sethi and Pramod Mall ick also expressed concern and condemned the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.

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