New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of rising prices, saying "the PM talks about everything but price rise".
Rahul Gandhi said that price rise is the most important issue before people and false promises cannot be made on it.
"Modiji, jitne khokhle vaade karne hai kariye... Stand Up India, Make in India. Par is house ko ek tareekh de dijiye jab market mein daam kam ho jayenge (Modiji, make as many empty promises as you want... Stand Up India, Make in India. But please announce a date in this house when the prices will come down)," Gandhi said in a brief speech in the Lok Sabha participating in the general discussion on price rise.
"You can make false claims on Startup India, Make in India, but not on rising prices," he added.
Directing his ire at the Prime Minister, the Congress leader recalled that Modi had made a series of promises in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and promised to bring down prices.
"You had made a good speech then. But now that you are the Prime Minister, we want to ask you one question... why the prices have not come down," Gandhi said.
Gandhi claimed that compared to 2014, prices of certain essential items have gone up by anything between 100 per cent and 300 per cent.
"There is a huge gap between the market price and the minimum support price," something not seen during the Congress-led UPA rule, Gandhi said.
Reminding the Prime Minister of his election speech in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 -- when Modi had said he wanted to be a "chowkidar (guard)" for the country and not the Prime Minister, Gandhi said the task of safe-guarding interests of poor people now should be "left to the Congress".
Gandhi lamented that today a huge quantity of pulses are being lootedunder Modi as the "guard".
"Now you are the Prime Minister... you have become a big man. Why should you be a chowkidar too? Leave that duty to us, the Congress party today," Gandhi said amid strong protests from the BJP members.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi countered Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's assertion that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) only make false promises and asked the latter to introspect the ten-year-rule of the former UPA regime which in nexus with the 'inflation mafia' harmed the interest of the common man.
"If he goes through the past ten years' history of his government, he will know that how shamelessly the interest of the general public was harmed in nexus with the inflation mafia," said Naqvi.
Meanwhile, Naqvi expressed hope that the crucial Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST) Bill would be passed in the current parliamentary session as almost every political party has agreed on it.
"The Finance Minister had a meeting with representatives of the states and he took their suggestions and accordingly the bill was amended," he said while referring to the amendment in the GST Bill.
The Union Cabinet yesterday approved amendment in GST and dropped one percent additional tax on inter-state sales.
As per reports, the Cabinet also agreed to include the mechanism of compensating states for all losses of revenue for the next five years after the rollout of the new indirect tax regime.