Thursday, April 22, 2010
Gadkari's first big show of strength
BJP president Nitin Gadkari has shown the strength of party by successfully organising a massive rally against price rise at historic Ram Lila Maidan in Delhi. Gadkari after being appointed its president in December last the party has for the first time came out on the streets in the capacity of a responsible main opposition against the sky-rocketing price of all essential commodities in the sixth consecutive year of the UPA regime. Gadkari has given the direction to the party and it appeared that there was no opposition party to the government because it was itself involved in internal bickering just after losing power. The back-breaking price-rise of all essential commodities, especially food items, is the burning issue of the day. So far it was seen that there was no pressure of any sort of the main opposition BJP on the UPA government for its anti-people policies and it was going all-out for only economic reforms to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Before the coming of Nitin Gadkari on national political scene as the president of BJP, the party had forgotten its role in vibrant democracy of the country. The people were crying in the pain of price- rise and there was no opposition political party to hear them. But the massive rally against price rise of all commodities at Ram Lila Maidan by the BJP has exposed the Congress-led ruling UPA that how callously careless it was for the people of the country. The sharp rise in food inflation is the total failure of the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar whom the prime minister can not take to task because of the coalition arithmatic of the government and its mismanagement of economy. The people in the country are on the verge of hunger death due to continuing steep rise in the inflation of food items on the one hand and the government is blindly emulating the management style of the US economy for the sake economic reforms. The country where more than half of the population is below poverty line, what is economic reform meant for them? Dr. Manmohan Singh-led UPA government should first ensure that the benefits of opening -up of economy must reach to the ground level of Indian villagers, where the majority of poverty stricken people live. Otherwise, the unchecked price rise has assumed so vicious shape that the day is not far off when the common people of the country will rise in revolt against the incompetent governance andpolitical class . The BJP anti-price rise rally in Delhi is a grand success and the massive crowd of more than three lakh BJP rallyists at Ram Lila Maidan is a wake-up call for the government. The rally has clearly given out the massage to the government that now enough is enough and people are no longer in a mood to tolerate the mal functioning on the front of price- rise.