After 5 years of consistent anti-Farmer, anti-Poor policies, the Vajpayee Govt has finally changed its colors! Or has it?
Arun Jaitleys antics at Cancun, impressive though they were, were nothing but a sound and light show put up by the BJP with an eye on the forthcoming elections. This thought process is not surprising, coming as it does from a party that even treats a sensitive issue like the No-Confidence motion as an opportunity for poll-campaigning! But are the people who really matter: the farmers and the poor who make up a large portion of the electorate going to be impressed? Hardly! They are going to put up these latest antics against hard facts: The actual record of this Govt, and that is nothing to write home about!
Lets take a look at the record of this Govt when it comes to Agriculture and the Food situation. 1. Farmers committing suicide especially in Andhra: a direct result of the controversial cash-crop policy. 2.Systematically frittering away the humongous food reserves so carefully built up by previous Congress Governments. 3. Requests for grants from the Central Food Reserves are dependent not on the drought situation, but on the number of votes the State contributes to the fascist alliance at the Centre. So Naidu manages to fritter away the biggest share of foodgrains, event though Andhra is the LEAST AFFECTED state while the most affected state: Rajasthan has not received even 1/10th of its required allocation. Why? Because it is Congress ruled! Ditto for Maharashtra!
Are these policies pro-Poor? This is what the Vajpayee govt has done for the past 5 years. The electorate is not going to be impressed with any sound and light show of the kind that was put up at Cancun. They are going to go by the record of this Government in the past 5 years, which as Manmohan Singh rightly put it have been a “lost opportunity” for the Indian economy.