With the prices of vegetables and pulses shooting through the roof, the Congress trained its guns at the Centre, reminding them of their 'Achhe Din' rhetoric in run-up to the 2014 general elections, and said on Thursday that the rising inflation was a clear example of what the Modi-government had in store for the common man.
Speaking to Media, Congress leader Shobha Oza said the soaring inflation that too before the monsoon was turning into a major cause for worry. "When pulses were Rs. 70 per kg and tomatoes Rs. 30, the BJP came down on the Congress citing inflation, saying "Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar". And now, thanks to 'Achhe Din', tomatoes have hit Rs. 100 per kg and pulses are selling at Rs. 200," she said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting with Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on rising inflation. They discussed measures to keep prices of essential commodities in check.
Meanwhile, Industry body, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), has asked the government for a "more proactive management" of food supply, adding that it hopes " inflation will remain within the RBI's indicative trajectory".
Tomato prices have doubled to an average Rs. 80 kg across the country due to crop damage. In Hyderabad, it is selling for Rs. 100 kg. Potato and onion prices are up too. Retail prices of pulses are high at over Rs. 170 per kg. Pulses' price has remained in double digits since January 2015 and stood at 35.56 percent in May.