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Left warns govt of rethinking support on price rise
New Delhi, Apr 16 The Congress-led ruling coalition was put on notice today by the crucial Left allies who warned the government that its future depended on how fast the prices of essential commodities were brought down.

"This kind of situation may force us to rethink about our support to the government," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said in the Rajya Sabha.

Asking the government to quickly act on the remedies, the CPI(M) Parliamentary Party leader said "the future of the government depends on how they tackle the issues." In the Lok Sabha, which too focussed on the spiralling prices, the Left sentiments were similar.

"I am sorry. We supported them (government) for four years.... The experiment might have failed. Government is out of place", CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said initiating a discussion on the issue in the Lower House.

Though BJD had given a notice for adjournment motion, it was not admitted by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

Main opposition BJP utilised the opportunity to drive a wedge between the government and its Left allies daring them to pull the plug on the issue.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi dared the Left parties to "dislodge" the government. "We will support you in dislodging the government," Joshi said.

Inflation has touched a three-year high of 7.41 per cent last week, with prices of pulses, edible oil and foodgrains exerting pressure on household expenses, he said.

Samajwadi Party's Mohan Singh spoke in similar vein in Lok Sabha saying that the Left cries hoarse on such issues but will not do anything that will affect the stability of the government. PTI
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