NEW DELHI: Coming as it does after the recent losses in assembly polls, spike in inflation just ahead of Delhi elections poses yet another challenge for BJP , which is also contesting in the capital without a CM face.
The jump in inflation has come as a boost for BJP’s rivals who hope for a repeat of the 1998 polls when rising onion prices were seen as the primary reason for the party’s defeat in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Keeping a check on inflation has been one of the key poll planks of the party which had made it a major issue against the Manmohan Singh government in 2014.
While opposition parties have upped the ante against the Centre over the increasing inflation, BJP functionaries are still hopeful that prices will fall, given that inflation has been under control under the Modi government and even buffered it against economic slowdown.
BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narsimha Rao said prices of vegetables and onions are seasonal in nature and the recent spike is temporary. He said prices would go down as supplies improved, adding, “State governments have a greater role and responsibility in ensuring lower prices of agricultural commodities.”