Govt does not know when the new decade began: Yechury
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 18:52
New Delhi: When did the new decade begin? This question was posed before the government by CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Yechury raised the question while pointing out that the opening lines of President Pratiba Patil's address to Parliament this year were the same as in 2010.

He said the speech, which is vetted by the Union Cabinet, talks about beginning of a new decade. The same sentence was there in the last year's speech of the President, which marks beginning of the first session every year.

"This government is in a sense of is unable to make up its mind when the decade begins," he said.

Alleging that the government was non-serious about addressing the problem of inflation, Yechury said the government was firmly committed to controlling inflation without hurting growth rate.

The promise this year was also a repetition of the President's address of 2009, he said.

As Yechury was trying to find fault with the government, saying it was following elitist policies, Rajiv Shukla (Cong) rose to counter him.

Shukla, who is Vice-President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, said the CPI(M) leader watched the maximum number of IPL cricket matches.

His retort was to Yechury's remark that two Indias are in the making - IPL India and BPL (Below Poverty Line) India.


First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 18:52

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