Government must justify its existence: CPI

April 16th, 2008 - 3:27 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Gurudas Das Gupta Wednesday launched a blistering attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for its failure to rein in inflation. “Manmohan Singh government must justify its existence. It seems there is no government in place. Things have been left to market forces,” said Das Gupta, initiating a discussion in the Lok Sabha on rising prices.

“The government is out of place,” he said.

Not pulling any punches, Das Gupta criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for saying that it is “difficult” for his government to control inflation because it is linked to the global economic situation.

“Instead of offering relief, he is making the country panic-stricken,” said the CPI MP.

The Left parties with the members of the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) have launched a nation-wide agitation against the UPA government for not doing enough to control rising prices.

“The government should have acted on the suggestions offered by Left parties to control inflation. Prices of petroleum products should have been reduced,” said Das Gupta.

“It is a shameful surrender to delinquent market forces.”

The opposition and the UPA allies Tuesday had stalled proceedings in both the houses of parliament, protesting inflation.

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