Hauling over the coals

An editorial in CPI(ML)’s ML Update recollects that Singh had three months ago promised to give up his public career and accept any punishment if found responsible for corruption.

Published: August 29, 2012 12:00:07 am

Hauling over the coals

The CPM and the CPI have refrained from demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over the coal block allocation row,but the CPI(ML) feels the demand must be raised as an “integral part of the bigger battle for [the reorientation of India’s policies and rejection of the growing nexus between big business and power politics.”

An editorial in CPI(ML)’s ML Update recollects that Singh had three months ago promised to give up his public career and accept any punishment if found responsible for corruption. The editorial adds that far from offering to resign,he is now bent upon rubbishing the CAG and its findings. “Confronted with the 2G scam,Singh had sought to blame it on the intricacies of coalition politics. Now when his own culpability has been exposed in the Coalgate,he seeks to explain it away in the name of compulsions of federalism and constitutional procedures,” it says.

CPI’s New Age says both BJP and Congress are playing a “fixed match” by not letting Parliament function,and that the “loot of the natural and national resources” was a product of economic neo-liberalism… CPM’s People’s Democracy argued the CAG report on the coal block allocation,etc,along with the earlier CAG report on 2G “only reconfirm… that the neo-liberal economic reform trajectory… is leading to crony capitalism of the worst order.”

Foreign hand

PEOPLE’S DEMOCRACY slams the BJP for giving an “Indian vs foreigner” twist to the Kokrajhar violence. The article points out that a BJP MP has argued in RSS mouthpiece,Organiser,that it was time for Hindu society to ponder over their decline and why foreigners have gained so much power to attack them in their own land. “This appropriation of the Bodos into the Hindu fold is not surprising and is being used to legitimise the intervention of fundamentalist groups in order to expand their social and political basis amongst tribal elites,” it says. The article points out “in response to the outcry to deport ‘Bangladeshis’ the Assam chief minister has blamed a ‘foreign hand’ for the current spate of violence.” The Centre too has blamed elements in Pakistan for using social media sites to spread rumours,it says,arguing that “in giving primacy to this as the main cause… the government played into the hands of the communal elements…”

Maruti wheel jam

NEW AGE expresses concern over the deployment of police in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki after it reopened. It says the police cordon and the “terms and conditions for lifting the lockout are quite ominous… This meant that in place of working under the guidance,supervision and monitoring of the supervisory and managerial staff… the workers would be forced to work under the bayonet of the gun.”

Compiled by Manoj C.G.

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