Gadkari takes on UPA, allures farmers as BJP gets into poll mode

Deoband, Oct 11 (ANI): Lashing out at the new set of economic reforms announced by the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari tried to woo the members of the farming community by making tall promises of loan waiver, better minimum support price and drawing ethanol from molasses in an endeavor to gather massive public support ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Gadkari said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's performance was ineffective and inefficient and he was not able to control the fuel prices, and said that the import of approximately four trillion rupees of fuel should be stopped.

"The farmers will earn good money if all vehicles are run on CNG (compressed natural gas) than petrol and diesel, I don't know why the Congress party is running the country by importing 4,70,000 crore of fuel," Gadkari said.

"I went to the Prime Minister with my fellow parliamentarians and told him that ethanol is substitute of import, it will strengthen farmer's financial condition and would give employment to thousands of youth than why don't you introduce ethanol based engine? So, in his answer he said that 'Mr. Gadkari, you are absolutely correct' and immediately asked me why is it not happening?; over which I replied 'sir, you have a correct question to a wrong person'," he added.

Gadkari also criticized the Congress-led UPA Government for introducing wrong reforms, which has put India's economy in peril.

"Implementation of wrong economic policies and bad corrupt government has ruined the condition of the farmers and the country," he said.

Gadkari further alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is an agent of ruling Congress Party, and said that the Centre was using the apex-investigating agency for blackmailing its allies.

"CBI Director protects UPA Government and when needed the CBI threatens Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, NCP, Karunanidhi, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha by showing files and extorting support. The Congress party is blackmailing its alliance partners," he said.

The government is facing intense pressure from the opposition over a slew of reforms that it announced earlier.

It has also lost the support of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has withdrawn its support over the move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, a cap on the number of LPG gas and diesel price hike.

Trinamool Congress, which has 19 members in the Lok Sabha, withdrew support to the UPA Government and pulled out its six ministers from the government on September 21 after being disappointed with the announcement government's new reforms

Moreover, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also put its decision on hold on providing outside support to the UPA. (ANI)