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Monday, June 05, 2006

Let's go on strike, comrade!

The Petroleum Minister has finally increased fuel prices - petrol will be dearer by 4 rupees and diesel by 2. That is in fact lesser than what was expected, and therefore is heartening.

You can predict what the Communist parties will now do. They have called for a strike on June 13. They will protest for a couple of days; some Left leaders will meet with the Prime Minister and the Union Cabinet, and then the prices will be reduced by 4 paise and 2 paise respectively. The Left will claim a victory for the people and all protests will be called off.

It is worth pondering what the Left wants to and has actually achieved by being in power for the past two years. Of course, they are not in power technically; but that doesn't stop them from arm-twisting the Government from time to time. Yet, when was it that these folks succesfully stalled a price hike? Their actions make everyone more doubtful. It is almost like a set plan: "Protest. Meet. Call-off. Claim victory."

Bad economics - that's what these people preach and practise. And they win brownie points everytime. Has the Left ever dared to withdraw support to the Government? Ask them this, and the response will be, "Oh, the country will then be under the control of communal forces!"

In conclusion, one has to salute that exalted mind which once quipped, "If the Left has a future in India, India has no future left!"

2 Comments:

Blogger Gokulakrishnan S said...

http://cpim.org/statement/2006/06052006_petroleum%20pricing.htm

6/06/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Eshwar S said...

Well to be honest its not just the Left parties whose stand is opportunistic on this issue. Every party is behaving the same way.

Take BJP for example, they raised the price when they were in power and now they are opposing. Same thing with our own Dravidian parties the ADMK and DMK.

If DMK were so opposed why don't they withdraw their minister or support from the Centre. Same with the ADMK, if they were so concerned about the people why didn't they cut the sales tax when they were in power. And finally don't forget the Congress who opposes it inspite of being in government.

At the end of the day the economics demand that price be raised. People in power have to surcumb to the reality of the situation. Blaming Left parties' stand alone on this issue is just being too simplistic IMHO.

6/06/2006 05:23:00 PM  

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