While slamming the Central government on inflation and the constant rise in price of petrol and diesel in the Rajya Sabha, on 29 March 2022, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, read out an old speech of late Sushma Swaraj when she was the Leader of Opposition.
Starting her speech by focusing on how the price of petrol and diesel had increased for the seventh time in eight days, she said:
Back in those days, there used to be discussions on 'Inflationary Pressure and Its Adverse Impact on Common Man'. Today, the Opposition is kept away from such discussions.Priyanka Chaturvedi, Sena MP
"This Government is Unempathetic and They Are Traitors Too.."
Lashing out at the government on inflation, Chaturvedi repeated a speech of late Sushma Swaraj from 3 August 2010, from Parliamentary records. Swaraj was then the Leader of Opposition and in the said speech, she had lashed out at the erstwhile UPA government in the centre, on inflation then.
Repeating Swaraj's speech, the Shiv Sena MP read out, "I would like to tell the finance minister that what the commoners are going through, can be explained in one word – inflation. The phrase in which the commoners have been expressing their pain is – 'this inflation is killing us'. It is unfortunate that there is no end to this government's arrogance. I want to say that I have never seen a more unempathetic government. This government is unempathetic and they are traitors too."
If we repeat Sushma Swaraj's words in 2022, for a government that has been talking about inflation since 2014, then these words will be appropriate.Priyanka Chaturvedi, Sena MP