Govt responsible for country's problems: Dasgupta



Jaipur: Holding the Union Government responsible for price rise, corruption, poverty, unemployment and exploitation of workers, MP and General Secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) Gurudas Dasgupta today said the government has forfeited its right to rule the country.

"The government is responsible for the burning issues of Kashmir, Maoists and Manipur. The government is not for common people, it is just for corporates who have taken over the policies of the government and are donating huge amounts to political parties like Congress and BJP," Gupta alleged on the sidelines of a function here.

He was in the city to attend the three-day general council meeting of All India Trade Union Congress which was inaugurated today.

Blaming the Central government for rising poverty and related problems in the country, he said, "If the poor cannot get bread, they have the right to struggle. I would have picked up the gun if I were a 25-year-old man left to fight the situation".

Dasgupta said the government has promoted corporates and, in the name of liberalisation, is giving them the liberty to exploit workers and makes policies that suit them.

"In turn, the corporates are gifting the ruling parties crores of rupees," he alleged.

"BJP is no different from Congress and is just doing a drama in the name of protest against corruption by Congress. What BJP did in Rajasthan is not hidden. Everybody knows what was the height of corruption during previous BJP government in Rajasthan," he alleged.

However, Dasgupta said the fair functioning of some statuary bodies like CAG and Income Tax Tribunal suggests that some organs have been left in the country which are not influenced by political pressure.

"Impartial functioning of the IT tribunal has cleared that the government was misguiding all and telling lies in the Bofors case, while CAG and the Supreme Court also bring rays of hope to the country. But beside these, the government is completely non-performing," he said.

Dasgupta said the trade union movement is getting momentum and a massive march to Parliament would be undertaken to place a petition before the government in New Delhi.

PTI