New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday attacked the government over the hike in price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) cylinders by Rs.26.50 and made special mention of its impact on people in Himachal Pradesh, which will go to the polls Nov 4.
Talking to mediapersons here, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the people of Himachal Pradesh, like citizens in other parts of the country, were reeling under price rise and the hike in LPG prices would burden them further.
Prasad attacked Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the price rise.
"Why is the government not able to control prices? The price of a non-subsidised cooking gas cylinder has gone up by over Rs.26. The people of the hills, the people of Himachal are finding it difficult to cope with the price rise. People elsewhere in the country are also reeling under price rise. Neither Sonia Gandhi, nor Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi can give a reply. They make baseless allegations in election rallies in Himachal," Prasad said.
He said the Congress leaders should answer why their government is not able to control prices. LPG cylinders are widely used in Himachal Pradesh and the issue of price and availability of cooking gas has electoral ramifications.
BJP leaders in the hill state have been targetting the Congress over the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's earlier decision to limit the availability of subsidised LPG cylinders to six.
The price of non-subsidised cooking gas cylinders was Thursday hiked by Rs.26.50 to Rs.922 per cylinder.
The 14.2-kg LPG cylinder, which consumers purchase beyond their annual entitlement of six units at subsidised rates, will now cost Rs.922, up from Rs.895.50 in Delhi, according to the Indian Oil Corporation.
A subsidised cooking gas (LPG) cylinder costs Rs.410.42.