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View from the Left: Neoliberal push

Modi government moved to withdraw three crucial bills from the Rajya Sabha.

By: Express News Service |
March 4, 2015 1:54:11 am

Claiming that despite its poor show in the Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP government at the Centre has not realised the “ground realities”, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says the government is “determinedly seeking to push ahead [with] its neoliberal economic reforms agenda”.

“The Modi government moved to withdraw three crucial bills from the Rajya Sabha. Instead of replacing the ordinances it had promulgated on vital issues through amendments to the original bills, it sought the withdrawal of these bills from the Rajya Sabha (where the BJP/ NDA does not have a majority) in order to make way for the amended bills to be introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha (where it has a majority) and then bring them to the Rajya Sabha,” says the editorial. “The Modi government is continuously threatening that it shall call a joint session of Parliament and have these bills passed in order to circumvent the reality that it does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha,” it adds. It also talks about the changes being brought in by the government to the 2013 land acquisition act and the “brazen manner in which this Modi government is promoting the interests of private profit maximisation”.

“Widespread protests have begun both inside and outside of Parliament against such amendments to the law,” it says. “The Modi government will seek to use its ‘tyranny of majority’ in the Lok Sabha to have such legislations passed even without permitting the scope for meaningful discussions and deliberations. These will be… sought to be blocked in the Rajya Sabha. But given the fact that the Modi government is only aggressively pursuing the policy direction of the previous UPA 2 government, it remains to be seen how consistent the Congress party will be in opposing these anti-people measures,” it states.

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Talking about the government’s push to amend land acquisition bill, the CPI’s New Age says it is “obvious that the government is not ready to heed to (sic) the people’s opposition and wants to stick to the commitments on land made to the corporate capital and other vested interests including the builder mafias.”

“Modi government is really in a pathetic condition… In the process Modi government got exposed as a government that has least regard for democratic norms and procedure. Within first six months of its existence, it resorted to ordinance route in over a dozen matters including such crucial issues like land acquisition, coal block auctioning and entry of foreign capital in insurance sector,” says the editorial. “The land acquisition bill, which has been brought to replace the ordinance, not only provides for unethical, unlawful acquisition but also endanger the very concept,” the editorial states. “But Modi government is adamant as it is one of the crucial concessions it has promised to the corporate capital that has staked everything to put this government in the saddle,” it adds.

BUDGET FOR the RICH

The CPI(ML)’s ML Update says the Union budget is a “bonanza for the rich” and a “bitter austerity pill for others”. The editorial says, “The budget has certainly handed out a big bonanza to the corporate sector — may not be as big a bonanza as would make the share market jump in joy, but a substantial bonanza nevertheless. That there are sharp cuts in social spending is another fact that stares everybody in the face… But if the budget has added to the disappointment of one section of the people, it is the section which had voted in a big way for the BJP in the last Lok Sabha election — the burgeoning Indian middle class. It is the middle class that along with the poor and the deprived will bear the burden of the 2015-16 budget…”

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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First published on: 04-03-2015 at 01:54:11 am
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