Discussing the Saradha chit fund scam in West Bengal, the CPM’s People’s Democracy has claimed that the “ruling Trinamool Congress party in the state and many of its prominent leaders are involved neck deep in this conspiracy.”
“For over three years now, the CPM has been actively demanding the intervention of Central investigative agencies to unearth the scam, identify the culprits and to bring them to book in accordance with the law of the land… It is now clear why the TMC government refused such an investigation. It was precisely because it wanted to hush up this scam and, instead of confiscating the properties of the scamsters, decided to nominally compensate some of the victims, financing this through the state exchequer,” claims the editorial.
The editorial also alleges that the TMC is “whipping up communal passions hoping to garner the support of the minorities”, as it fears the Left’s resurgence.
Selling the silver
Claiming that “the entire dispensation” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is committed to serve the corporate capital”, the CPI’s NewAge says the government has done little to solve problems of the common man, like price rise.
“During the first hundred days, Modi may have disappointed even his staunchest supporters as they had expected some symbolic gestures to curb price rise and corruption. But Modi does not believe in such niceties. His government has stopped even mentioning the hardships faced by the people due to continuous rise in the prices of all essential commodities,” an editorial says.
“The previous government, in its interim budget, had made provisions for disinvestment of profit-making PSUs to meet the growing fiscal deficit. The present government is also following the same policy as the fiscal deficit is bound to be more than 4.1 per cent of the GDP. It is nothing but selling the household silver to keep the fire alive in the kitchen,” NewAge says.
Terming the floods in Jammu and Kashmir as “the worst in living memory”, the CPI(ML)’s ML Update has said that the region is “facing a massive humanitarian crisis, with people stranded without food, potable water and shelter, and thousands having lost their homes, property and means of livelihood.”
“Not long ago, Uttarakhand also suffered a terrible calamity. It seems that governments refuse to learn the bitter lessons taught by such calamities. In J&K, as in Uttarakhand, it is apparent that reckless urbanisation fuelled by a tourism economy, with scant regard for the fragile ecosystem, have contributed in great measure to the scale and magnitude of the disaster. Moreover, in spite of a string of similar disasters, governments have refused to put in place early warning and evacuation systems,” an editorial says.
“Delays and inadequacy in relief, failure to reach the worst affected, breakdown of basic services including medical services and food and water as well as communications, have resulted in a desperate situation,” it claims.
“The calamity of the Kashmir floods must indeed take centrestage now. And every effort should be made so that the floods wash out the jingoism and muscle-flexing between India, Pakistan and Kashmir to make way for shared efforts at rescue, rehabilitation, as well as conservation and ecological healing to preserve the unique ecosystem that knows no national boundaries,” it adds.
Compiled by Ruhi Tewari