Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Friday described the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II Government as a symbol of a "heartless government" for failing to understand the comman man's suffering due to inflation.
Addressing a demonstration by Delhi BJP Mahila Morcha on the issue of the price hike of LPG and power tariff, Jaitley said: "The UPA Government was brought to power by the common man, but today it has failed to understand their pains."
"The government is hiking prices of petrol, diesel and has put a cap on LPG cylinders to six. This shows that it has become a symbol of heartless government," he added.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha further said that the decision of putting a cap on the number of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per family showed that the Manmohan Singh Government was far removed from reality.
Criticised the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi Government for hiking power and water tariffs, Jaitley accused it of looting the common man to provide benefits to private companies.
Asking people to root out the UPA Government in the 2014 general elections, Jaitley rephrasing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement during a nationallly televised address "that money does not grow on trees", said: "Now, the electors will tell him that votes also does not grow on trees".
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the government's allies were slowly leaving them and predicted that alliance would last after the winter session of Parliament.
She also recalled that under the NDA regime (1998-2004), there was no problem of supply of LPG cylinders.
Common man had got reprieve from rising inflation only twice-first during Morarji Desai government and during the NDA regime, Swaraj added.
"They have CWG scam, 2G spectrum scam and scam in coal block allocation. The government is not worried about rising inflation and its effect on the common man," she said.
Among those who addressed the gathering include Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta, BJP leader Vijay Goel and leader of opposition in Delhi assembly V K Gupta. (ANI)