IT used to be said of the Bourbon kings of France, whom the French Revolution overthrew, that “they learned nothing and they forgot nothing”. These words could well describe the UPA government; and Chidambaram’s budget speech gave ample proof of it.
The following are the reactions on Budget 2014 sent by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, All India Kisan Sabha, All India Agricultural Workers Union and All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers on February 17, 2014
THE interim budget, presented by the finance minister Chidambaram is a political gimmick to camouflage its continued thrust of pro-corporate economic regime and its anti-people bias.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on February 15.
THE Aam Admi Party government in Delhi was committed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. This would have been an important measure to fight corruption in public life in Delhi. However, the manner in which this was introduced in the Legislative Assembly was politically erroneous and inexpedient.
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on February 19, 2014.
The Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation Bill has been adopted in the Lok Sabha in an undemocratic way violating all norms and procedures.
The division of the first linguistically re-organised state in India is a vitally important issue. But no debate took place on the Bill and it was adopted in the din by a “voice vote”. The demand for a discussion made by some opposition parties was denied.
HUNDREDS of peasants from the states neighbouring Delhi marched to parliament on February 18 demanding remunerative prices for their produce, settlement of arrears of sugarcane farmers, against dilution of APMC Act and other related matters. A delegation including Basudeb Acharia, Saidul Haque, Hannan Mollah, Amra Ram and others submitted a detailed memorandum on the demands to the agriculture minister after the march.
THE Aam Aadmi Party leader, Arvind Kejriwal, has spoken at a CII meeting in Delhi recently about his party’s economic policy outlook. In the absence of a full-fledged economic policy document of the AAP, Kejriwal’s remarks in the speech gives an indication of the ideology and policy approach of the AAP.
Kejriwal said, “Government has no business in business. Government should not do business. All this should be left to the private sector”. He also declared that he was against the inspector raj and licence raj.
USING the excuse that two of his predecessors – BJP’s Jaswant Singh in 2004 and Congress’s Pranab Mukherjee in 2009 – used the occasion of seeking a vote on account on the eve of general elections to make a political declaration on the so-called economic achievements of their supportive governments, P Chidambaram let loose a string of expletives claiming miraculous economic achievements during the last ten years of the UPA government.
AS the Lok Sabha elections draw near, it has become clear that the electoral battle will be between not two but three combinations – the Congress-led UPA, the BJP-led NDA and the non-Congress non-BJP combination of parties.