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CPI moves amendment on price rise motion

Last Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 00:51

New Delhi: The CPI on Wednesday sought to breach the
`consensus` over the wording of the motion on price rise in
the Lok Sabha by moving an amendment which wanted to highlight
"government`s failure" to curb food inflation.

Party leader Gurudas Dasgupta moved an amendment to the
motion expressing deep concerns over rising prices while
participating in the debate on the issue.

He wanted to insert words, "and government`s failure to
curb food price inflation", to be added to the motion which
expresses "deep concern" over price rise and calls upon the
government to take immediate effective steps to check
inflation that will give relief to common man.

CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia had also given notice to
move an amendment to the motion but he was not in the House
when Speaker Meira Kumar called him to move the amendment.

Faced with a delicate situation after the opposition
stalled parliament for two days, Government had yesterday
arrived at a compromise with the Opposition to take up the
discussion on price rise under a rule which entails voting.

Dasgupta as also Raghuvansh Prasad Singh alleged that
the there is some arrangement between the ruling and principal
opposition party on the issue which is a clear case of bipolar
politics already in practice in the West particularly in the
US and UK.
"It is a trend of bipolar politics which will undermine
the multiplicity of Indian politics," Dasgupta said, adding
"nobody consulted us (on the issue)".

Making a brief intervention, Yashwant Sinha said, "It was
a mistake on their part if they (government) have not reached
you.... The issue should be taken up with the ruling
"When nuclear deal was inked, you were consulted, not
us," Sinha said.


First Published: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 00:51

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