India opposition BJP party protests rising food prices

21:49, April 21, 2010      

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India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday held a massive rally here to protest the central government's failure to curb spiralling food prices, which soared by 20 percent over last year.

According to local TV reports, an estimated 500,000 BJP supporters attended the rally, which led to massive traffic jam in several parts of the capital even as the party's Members of Parliament boycotted the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, the two houses of parliament, to join the protest against the food prices.

"Price rise is not an outcome of any natural calamity, it is the outcome of the wrong policies of the government," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, addressing the supporters.

India has recently been grappling with rising food prices. The prices of basic commodities like pulses, milk, wheat, rice and vegetables have gone up sharply in the wake of inflation.

Source: Xinhua


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