New Delhi: The CPI(M) today termed the
compromise between the government and the opposition on the
price rise issue as an "unprecedented victory", saying the
ruling coalition has had to accept that its economic policies
have not brought any relief to the people.
Referring to the motion brought in the Lok Sabha as a
compromise between the two sides, CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury said, "The government, which came to power on the
slogan of `aam aadmi`, will now have to say that it will take
care of the common man.
"Effectively it would mean that the government has not
taken care of the aam aadmi so far. It is a very big thing
that the government is implicitly admitting that its policies
have not benefited the common man."
Terming it as "a victory unprecedented in the history of
Indian Parliament", he said the resolution (moved in Lok Sabha
by Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj) would have to be
unanimously adopted and would be binding on the government.
"The government will resolve to take all measures to
contain the adverse impact of price rise on the common man.
That means the government is accepting that its policies have
failed," he said.
Yechury was asked whether the opposition had climbed down
by accepting a compromise in adopting such a resolution and
giving up their demand for a debate on price rise on rules
which entailed voting. The opposition had stalled proceedings
in both Houses on this issue in the first week of the Monsoon
The CPI(M) leader said this was also the first time that a
resolution on an economic issue affecting the common people
would be adopted in the House.
Earlier, Parliament has adopted resolutions on the US
attack on Iraq and Gujarat genocide, "but never on an economic
issue", he said.