Playing politics over fuel price hike?

February 26, 2010

INDIA/For the first time in parliamentary history, the entire opposition led by the BJP walked out during the Finance Minister’s budget speech.

The walkout was to protest against the hike in petrol prices.

The opposition is saying the government move adds to the burden of the people.

However, the united front put by the fractious opposition also hints at some pre-planning by the opposition leaders.

Was this reaction justified?

Shouldn’t the parliamentarians have stayed back and argued the point in the House?

The Congress party is calling this a violation of parliamentary tradition.

However, as this news item shows, the Congress itself staged a walkout during the Gujarat finance minister’s budget speech in the state assembly a day earlier.
 
The UPA government too has been very confident to announce the hike despite the opposition having built some pressure on it on the price rise.

Was this the right time for a fuel price hike?

The opposition has threatened it would not let the parliament function if the measure is not rolled back.

Is the government going to back down and roll back the hike?

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Was this reaction justified?

Given the tradition of politics, this is nothing. Pranab didn’t get beaten up is something of grace.

Shouldn’t the parliamentarians have stayed back and argued the point in the House?

Parliamentarians are cheap people with zero ethics and nationality

Was this the right time for a fuel price hike?

All times are right for fuel price hike, straight linkage to international crude prices

Is the government going to back down and roll back the hike?

It is not government. It is Congress. Congress can bend depending upon vote politics and election.

Posted by Bharateey | Report as abusive

Worst government is ruling india.This govt only supports rich people..I dont know whether singh and sonia knows the petrol price .because for them everything is free.They dont mind common people, Praying to Krishna, Allah and jesus for falling this government as soon as possible, so that common people can live freely in india…

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