New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha Monday took up a discussion on price rise.
While the opposition blamed ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for pushing inflation further since it came to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tried to blame the previous government, calling inflation a "legacy of the UPA".
Starting the debate in the upper house, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed the BJP for taking steps which resulted in increasing inflation.
"The whole campaign of BJP was based on price rise. People voted for them, and as soon as they came in power, they took steps which caused further price rise," Azad said while starting the debate.
"They used to accuse us of being insensitive to the problems of the poor, in a month and a quarter of the new government, the common man is suffering badly due to price rise," he added.
The BJP, however, counter-blamed the Congress-led former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the situation.
"It is a truth that people are suffering due to price rise. But who is responsible for it? It is a legacy of the UPA government," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury questioned if the BJP is carrying forward the UPA's legacy.
"Is this a relay race that NDA government is carrying forward UPA's legacy?" said Yechury.