'BJP will bring down inflation of it comes to power'

Kashmir Times. Dated: 12/23/2013 12:37:01 AM

NEW DELHI, Dec 22 (Agencies): Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha has said his party will bring down inflation and create space for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut interest rates if it comes to power.
"If BJP comes to power, then we will undo damage done by this government, by containing inflation and making space for RBI to start bringing down interest rates," he told agencies.
Buoyed by BJP's good showing at the recently-concluded assembly elections, Sinha, who was finance minister during 1998-2002 in the BJP-led NDA government, exuded confidence that BJP would get around 200 seats in the Lok Sabha elections and would be able to form government. The general elections are due early next year.
His advice to the Congress, which got a drubbing in the assembly elections, on dealing with the current price situation is "flooding the market with foodgrains and bring inflationary expectations down".
"We have done it," he said.
Food Corporation of India (Fci) has at present a stock of 65 million tonnes of foodgrains in its godowns compared to an annual requirement of 61 million tonnes of foodgrains to meet the requirements under the Food Security Law.
During the last five years, food inflation and retail inflation have remained high causing great discomfort to common man. Costly vegetables, particularly potato and onion, had pushed the November wholesale inflation to a 14-month high of 7.52%.
Retail inflation had jumped to 11.24% in November from 10.17% in October. Elaborating further Sinha said: "You start with food inflation, release foodgrains liberally in the market, you release foodgrains to the Public Distribution System (PDS), you release foodgrains for food for work programmes.

 

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