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Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma stokes controversy saying inflation is better for farmers

August 20, 2012 - New Delhi

Union Minister for Steel Beni Prasad Verma, on Sunday, stoked a controversy when he said that the inflation is good for farmers as they will benefit from rising prices. He also criticized the media for making a hue about the increasing prices.

Speaking to reporters at Barbanki, the Minister said, “Dal, wheat, rice, vegetables have become expensive. The farmer will gain profits from this and I am happy with the rise in prices.” At a time when the UPA government is constantly being criticized about their inability to keep the inflation under check, Beni Prasad Verma's comments would sure stir up a controversy.

Samajwadi Party reacted to the comments immediately demanding the sacking of the Beni Prasad from the cabinet. Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh said that the party would consider breaking alliance with the UPA if Beni Prasad is not sacked from the cabinet. BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also criticized the steel minister for making such comments.

BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley said that Beni Prasad Verma is not in a position to make comments about the position of farmers. He said that the minister is not aware that farmers are committing suicide due to the burden of debt and increase of input costs.

Reacting to Samajwadi Party's recent comments that a third front led by SP will emerge victorious in the 2014 general election, Verma said, “The Samajwadi Party leader was dreaming of becoming Prime Minister but it would not happen".

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