Playing politics over fuel price hike?
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?