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Cong Declines To Comment On Pawar's Remarks On Milk Price

PTI 21 Jan 2010, 22:15:13 IST

Congress on Thursday  refused to comment on Union Minister Sharad Pawar's remark on milk shortage in north India but maintained the government should have a priority that prices of essential commodities do not rise. 

"I will not like to make any comment on any statement of the Agriculture Minister. But I would like to say that Congress is of the view that the governemnt should have it as a priority to ensure that prices of essential commodities, especially of food items, should not rise," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters in New Delhi. "It is necessary to make all initiatives for it so that common people get relief from increased prices," he added. 

Pawar meanwhile today accused media of creating a confusion on milk prices adding the Centre has no proposal before it for increasing milk rates.  Asked to assess the peformance of Pawar as an Agriculture Minister, Tewari said nobody else should make any comment on it as it was only for the Prime Minister to assess the performance of the Agriculture Minister. 

"It is only in his (Prime Minister's) jurisdiction. Nobody else should make any comment," he said. 

Asked whether Congress would like to give Pawar any advice, he said "the Agriculture Minister is a very senior person. I do not think he needs any advice on how he should conduct in a public space." PTI