Friday, November 4, 2011

Jump off the sinking UPA boat

If the back breaking price rise and the growing corruption in the UPA Government at the Centre are any indication, it is a sinking boat. Now its allies like Mamta Bannerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party have set their preparation in motion to jump off the sinking boat of UPA.

The yesterday’s price hike of petrol by Rs. 1.80 per litre has evoked bitter reaction not only from the common men but also from Dr. Manmohan Singh’s UPA Government’s most important ally West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Bannerjee. Bannerjee has even warned of pulling out of the UPA alliance if it was not rolled back. This is the 11th time that the prices of petroleum products have been raised.

The most baffling thing is that the ruling Congress is showing insensitivity to people’s plight on the one hand and claiming to be with Aam Aadmi on the other hand. It is nothing but the cheating by the Congress party. It has now rightly been painted as anti-poor party.

The UPA government appears to be blind to the plight of the people. The constant price rising spree of the government has made the life of the poor people very difficult to sustain. The poor people are unable to manage their bare necessities and subsistence. Now the unbridled price rise situation has put a question mark on the survival of the people.

Dr. Manmohan Singh-led Government’s economic policy is dictated by the US and other western countries. It is oblivious of the poverty in the country. It gives its account of short-sightedness by following the capitalist model of economy, which is completely unsuitable in Indian economy.

UPA Government is absorbed in corruption. Its mismanagement of economic affairs and promotion of capitalist economy have brought the misery for the poor Indian people.

There has been public outrage for two years to bring down the prices of essential commodities and food items, but Dr. Manmohan Singh Government has done nothing. Instead, it has pledged to raise prices of all essential commodities. The situation is very harmful of the UPA allies politically if they remained with it despite public outpouring over price rise. If they remained with UPA, they would also have to bear the brunt of public ire. Feeling the disenchantment of the people with UPA government, Mamta Bannerjee has rightly warned of parting ways with it.

The weak and direction less government can not take drastic measure to contain price rise. Why government is weak? It is because prime minister is weak. He lacks assertive power and authority. This is the reason that despite being honest and world renowned economist, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has failed to act against his corrupt minister and officials.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, a veteran politician in his own right and NCP supremo, had also criticized the UPA government after defeat in the by-elections for some assembly seats in different states and the Hisar Lok Sabha seat. He had said that there was absence of leadership in the government and its image was dented by the 2G Spectrum Scam and others. If the rumblings of UPA allies over the utter failure of their government are any thing to go by, they may jump off the sinking UPA boat any time and the country may face a mid-term Lok Sabha poll two years before its due in 2014.

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