NOT SO GOOD
An editorial in the CPM’s People’s Democracy says that the claims of good governance of the BJP-led NDA government are suspect and argues that the first indications of it are visible. It refers to the affidavit controversy surrounding Union Minister V.K. Singh and the unusually short first session of Parliament to back its charge.
The first session, it argues, was probably the shortest in recent memory. Its only agenda was the adoption of the customary motion of thanks to the president for his address to the joint session. The president’s address itself says contained neither a roadmap nor details of this government’s priorities. “Good governance has many attributes.
First, there must be adequate information with both the people and the legislators on the agenda before them, apart from the all important assurance that their urgent problems will be attended to. Secondly, there should be adequate opportunity for a proper meaningful discussion in parliamentary fora. Thirdly, after due consideration, legislative action must follow.
Apart from many other attributes, good governance also means that the government is accountable to Parliament… Bypassing these attributes, this government had begun to govern in a manner that sends ominous signals,” it says, referring to ordinances being issued on the eve of the session.
“The claims of good governance became more suspect when an incumbent minister of state with independent charge, who was a former army chief of the country, openly opposed the new army chief appointed by the earlier government.” Referring to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reiterating that the appointment of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh as the next chief is final, it states, “such serious admonishing by the government of one of its own Union ministers is untenable,” and argues that “the minister concerned will either have to rescind his positions publicly or recuse himself from the council of ministers.”
The CPI(ML)’s ML Update too criticised the Narendra Modi government on the Intelligence Bureau report on NGOs. It says that the IB report has repeated “some of the canards” spread by the previous UPA government about the anti-nuclear struggle at Kudankulam, “while also lifting words and ideas unchanged from a 2006 speech by Modi”.
“The strategy is to brand people’s movements raising environmental and livelihood concerns as ‘anti-national’, just as the Sangh Parivar has always branded those raising concerns for civil liberties and rights as ‘anti-national’,” it claims. “The script of the Modi government’s brand of governance is before us. The promise of ‘good times’ will come true for big corporations, and the hardships imposed on the poor will be justified in the name of ‘larger interests of the nation’ and all those who resist the plunder of the country’s resources or the robbing of people’s land and livelihoods will be branded as ‘foreign-funded anti-nationals’,” it concludes.
In an article in New Age, the CPI attacks the BJP government in Rajasthan for its plan to “liberalise the provisions of major industrial laws in favour of the employers”.
The state government’s move, the article argues, is aimed at emboldening the BJP-led government at the Centre to make similar
changes in Central labour laws in order to placate industrial houses. “This will adversely affect the interests of workers. This is the first indication of how better days have come along with the new regime,” it opines. The article says that the CPI’s trade union arms, AITUC and other Central trade unions, will jointly agitate against the move of the state government.
Compiled by Manoj C.G.