Lashing out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for allegedly failing to improve
the condition of the poor, CPI(M) Politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today
said the UPA regime has pursued anti-people policies to help a handful of rich
people for the past nine years.
"Can Manmohan Singh claim that the conditions of poor and middle class have
improved during the nine years of UPA regime? Can he claim that the number of
unemployed youths in the country has come down? The fact is the condition of the
poor has worsened under this regime because of its anti-people policies,"
Bhattacharjee, the former chief minister, told a rally here.
The UPA government had not undertaken a proper PDS to provide food grains at
subsidised rates, he said and criticised it for increasing fuel prices and
capping the number of subsidised LPG cylinders.
"We(CPI-M) are fighting against UPA's policies both inside and outside the
Parliament. We have time and again requested the government to strengthen PDS,
but it is least bothered about it. Instead it is differentiating the poor as APL
and BPL categories. How much money does it take to provide subsidized ration to
the people?" he said.
"We had requested that oil prices be controlled by the government as these have
an direct impact on price rise and inflation. The petrol, diesel, kerosene
prices are increasing regularly and it is impacting the masses," he said.
Alleging that a section of the industrialists have become richer in the UPA
regime, Bhattacharjee questioned Trinamool Congress's 'silence' on various
anti-people policies of the Centre from 2009 - 2012 when it was supporting UPA.
"Now TC is protesting against oil and fertliser price hike. They kept quiet when
petrol price was deregulated. They are protesting now after withdrawing support
The state government should stop taking taxes on oil prices, he said and
questioned the increase in power tariff, which is also controlled by the
government, on regular basis.