Prime Minister Narendra Modi disturbed with unchecked fall in rupee value, rising fuel prices, has called a high-level meeting on Sunday, to take stock the country’s economic scenario into consideration. Top cabinet coleagues and bureaucrats will attend the meet.
The meeting is followed by BJP chief Amit Shah’s hour-long meeting with the petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan. Sensing that these two issues are bound to affect BJP’s prospects in the forthcoming elections both in states and also at the center, Modi seems to be advised to take immediate measures.
In his meeting with Amit Shah, Pradhan has reportedly stated clearly that the rising petrol and diesel prices could be only be tackled by a comprehensive, holistic government policy.
For the last few weeks, the government has been facing immense criticism on these issues from the opposition parties and also some discontent from BJP circles. Opposition parties, particularly the Congress, have accused the Centre of inaction and have blamed its economic policies for the rise in fuel prices and the fall in the rupee’s value.
Congress call for `Bharath Bandh’ on rising fuel prices on September 10 led to a point for the opposition parties to show their commitment to unite against the ruling party. The two-day BJP national executive meeting, held in New Delhi last week-end had intentionally kept silence on these two boiling issues.