Initiating the debate in the upper house, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for taking steps which resulted in increasing inflation. "The whole campaign of BJP was based on price rise. People voted for them, and as soon as they came in power, they took steps which caused further price rise," Azad said while starting the debate.
"They used to accuse us of being insensitive to the problems of the poor. In a month and a quarter of the new government, the common man is suffering badly due to price rise," he added.
Since coming to power, the BJP-led government has raised rail passenger fares and freight charges, besides hiking petrol, diesel and cooking gas rates. The BJP, however, counter-blamed the Congress-led former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the situation. "It is a truth that people are suffering due to price rise. But who is responsible for it? It is a legacy of the UPA government," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury questioned if the BJP is carrying forward the UPA's legacy. "Is this a relay race that the NDA government is carrying forward UPA's legacy?" Yechury asked. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati took a jibe at the BJP, saying the party and its partners had promised that poverty, inflation and corruption would vanish as soon as it came to power.
"Such assurances were given, but after coming to power it started a new tradition. The railways minister increased passenger fare and freight charges," she said. Mayawati said the BJP cannot stop hoarding as it is a party of traders. She said traders and business communities were engaged in hoarding and not the farmers.