Modi had criticised UPA government on the issue of price rise, saying the “maa-beta” government should go

Mumbai : NCP president Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday that the onus of tackling price rise was with the Narendra Modi government and it should not escape the responsibility by saying tough decisions were necessary to improve the economy, PTI reports.

Addressing an extended working committee meeting of Maharashtra NCP unit, Pawar said Modi had criticised the previous UPA government on the issue of price rise, saying the “maa-beta” government should go.

“Since rail freight prices have increased by 6.5 per cent, prices of essential supplies are set to increase. It remains to be seen how the government tackles price rise,” he said.

Pawar said NCP would play the role of a constructive opposition and keep a watch on how the government would bring down prices. Passenger fare hike has not been rolled back completely, he said, adding, “a partial rollback is farce as it includes only up to 80 km for second class travel.”

The former Union agriculture minister expressed concern over the looming threat of drought due to deficient rains predicted this year. The situation on availability of seeds and fertilisers is also precarious, he said.

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