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Cong, UPA Govt "anti-people"
Politics Of Diesel, LPG
9/15/2012 12:00:32 AM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 14: The "discredited" Congress-led UPA Government yesterday in the words of the BJP "unleashed financial terrorism" to loot the already from hand-to-mouth poor Indian citizens and starve them. One cannot but agree with the main opposition BJP. The decision of what an overwhelming majority of people dismiss as "anti-people", "anti-democratic", "arrogant", "corrupt to the core", "insensitive" and "pro-rich and pro-corporate" Congress and the "discredited" Government that it leads at the Centre to hike diesel price by Rs 5.62 per litre effective from midnight and restrict the supply of subsidized cooking gas (LPG) to 6 cylinders per household per year to fetch additional thousands and thousands of crores has shocked and upset all, barring those in the Government and those close to the corridors of power, in the bureaucracy, in the corporate sector or industrial houses and those who have amassed wealth using illegal means and stashed billions and billions of Indian rupees in foreign banks.
The recent hike, which could be described as a criminal act on the part of the Congress, will have cascading effect and will make the life of the poor and middle class people a veritable hell on earth. Enraged, people, cutting across party lines, today staged massive demonstrations across the country to register their emphatic protest against the Congress. They raised slogans against the Prime Minister, AICC president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and dubbed them as "cruel". All the Chief Ministers of the NDA and BJP-ruled States and other non-Congress ruled States have also condemned the Congress and the UPA Government and demanded immediate rollback.
The Congress spokespersons and the Congress Chief Ministers have, on the contrary, swung solidly behind the Government and justified the hike and rationing of LPG. They have criticised the BJP and other opposition parties for their opposition to the Government decision. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit has even taunted the countrymen saying "it is 21st century and such things are bound to happen". The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, which is headed by the Prime Minister, not only justified the hike, but also said that let the oil companies decide when to hike oil prices. Deputy Chairman of Panning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia is the same persons who say day-in and day-out that those who earn Rs 32 per day in urban areas, including cosmopolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi and those who earn Rs less than 30 in villages and rural areas are rich. He is also the same person who only recently looted the public exchequer and spent Rs 32 lakh on renovation of his toilet.
As mentioned, the BJP has tore into the Congress, contemptuously dismissed it as "anti-people", demanded rollback and threatened a nationwide agitation to achieve two immediate objectives - resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who, according to it, is directly involved in the Rs 1.86 lakh crore COALGATE scam and force the Government to withdraw its decision under which the diesel price was hiked and supply of LPG cylinders restricted. The Left parties, which have not allowed the Congress-led UPA Government to fall to keep the "communal forces" out of the Government, too, have reacted very sharply, demanded a rollback and announced that it will launch an agitation after working out a joint strategy. It is doubtful if the Left parties would go beyond a point. They are known for shedding crocodile tears.
The Congress allies like the TMC of Mamata Bannerjee, DMK of K Karunanidhi and RLD of Ajit Singh, all part of the UPA Government, have criticised the Government as well, but their opposition is more for public consumption. They are only shedding crocodile tears to mislead their respective constituencies. They are making only hollow and vague statements. Had they been committed to what they said about the hike and rationing, they would have by now withdrawn their support to the Government. They are only fooling their constituencies. They are unlikely to succeed. The NCP of Sharad Pawar, which is also part of the UPA Government, has not spoken a word. This is understandable. He and his party represent "corruption" and sugar and education lobbies and, hence, his silence. In fact, he, like other UPA constituents, is a party to the anti-people decision.
As for Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party of Ms Mayawati and Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu Prasad Yadav, who have been supporting the UPA Government from outside, have also not lagged behind. They, too, have shed crocodile tears by issuing some vague statements against the decision. They have said the Government should withdraw its decision. They cannot do more than this, as there are corruption cases against all of them.
The Congress, which is already in decline, will have to pay a very heavy for its September 13 decision.
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