New Delhi: Claiming that the Congress-led
UPA coalition was rattled by opposition moves against its
failure to check spiralling prices, the CPI(M) on Tuesday said the
government has started "counting numbers" for survival in the
first year itself.
"The UPA-II government has started counting its
numbers for support in the first year itself. It makes clear
how the government is being run. Instability is because of
their activities. They have got rattled," senior party leader
Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.
In a tongue-and-cheek remark against the Congress and
the BSP, which has come out in support of the government on
the opposition-sponsored cut motions on finance bill, he said,
"the experience of Congress in running governments for decades
"They have continued to show expertise in finding out
who is vulnerable, when and where. We have experienced this
when opposition unity was building up against the Indo-US
nuclear deal," he said in a reference to Samajwadi Party`s
support to the UPA-I government.
"We know what is being used and how it is being used
(by the government) to survive the vote (on cut motion),"
Yechury said when asked about the CBI telling the Supreme
Court that it will examine Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati`s plea to close the corruption case against her.
He maintained that the Left`s moves were not aimed at
destabilising the government.
For the first time in 20 years since coalition
governments have been coming into power at the Centre, the
Congress had more than 200 seats, he said, adding that "the
people thought they will provide stability".
The opposition moves on price rise including bringing
cut motions, has rattled them, he said, adding "we had said
earlier too that our moves are not aimed at destabilising the
government but to force it to withdraw the hikes in duties on
petrol, diesel and raising the fertiliser prices".
CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia said the day-long
nationwide general strike by the 13-party grouping had its
reflection in Parliament too where Rajya Sabha was adjourned
at noon and Lok Sabha for a major part of the day.
Acharia and Yechury said that reports coming in from
various parts of the country clearly showed that the general
strike was a "big success".
Besides the Left-ruled states of West Bengal, Kerala
and Tripura where it was "complete", the strike had a major
impact in states like Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu,
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, he
"The decision to call for the nationwide hartal was
thrust upon us by the obduracy of the UPA government in
refusing to roll back the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and
fertiliser, besides the spiralling prices of essential
commodities," Yechury said.