The Petroleum Minister has finally increased fuel prices – petrol will be dearer by 4 rupees and diesel by 2. That is in fact lesser than what was expected, and therefore is heartening.
You can predict what the Communist parties will now do. They have called for a strike on June 13. They will protest for a couple of days; some Left leaders will meet with the Prime Minister and the Union Cabinet, and then the prices will be reduced by 4 paise and 2 paise respectively. The Left will claim a victory for the people and all protests will be called off.
It is worth pondering what the Left wants to and has actually achieved by being in power for the past two years. Of course, they are not in power technically; but that doesn’t stop them from arm-twisting the Government from time to time. Yet, when was it that these folks succesfully stalled a price hike? Their actions make everyone more doubtful. It is almost like a set plan: “Protest. Meet. Call-off. Claim victory.”
Bad economics – that’s what these people preach and practise. And they win brownie points everytime. Has the Left ever dared to withdraw support to the Government? Ask them this, and the response will be, “Oh, the country will then be under the control of communal forces!”
In conclusion, one has to salute that exalted mind which once quipped, “If the Left has a future in India, India has no future left!”
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