Unsurprisingly, it fell on Arun Shourie’s shoulders to step in and introduce some sanity into the BJP’s voice on the recent package of economic measures. And he has done it with elan. Shourie has gently reminded his partymen that the government’s package — including on FDI on retail sector — is something that BJP can learn to live with.
Indeed, there are strongly divergent viewpoints regarding the government’s move to allow the entry of multinationals into the retail sector. The Left has a hard position on it. Call it dogmatism or what you will, but they’ve decided to dig in. However, the same cannot be said about the BJP or Samajwadi Party or the Trinamool Congress, the 3 main protagonists on the centre stage today.
All three have taken unabashedly opportunistic stance. Narendra Modi says FDI on retail sector would lead to Indians having to use pens sold by goras. But what is wrong with it if one can wear Rolex wrist watches and travel to China (4 times) by aircraft made by goras? Modi has taken a lef out of party politics in the 1950s in Punjab when the opposition derided the construction of Bhakra-Nangal HPP, saying the water available for irrigation would be insipid after all the good electricity was extracted out of it.
The Samajwadi Party is downright hypocritical. It opposes FDI in the retail sector, but it will continue to support the UPA-2 government, because, it is the only way to keep Modi out of power at the centre. Clearly, Trinamool Congress is grandstanding. The finance minister in Kolkata is himself an ardent supporter of neo-liberal economic policies. We don’t even know which of the “two Mamatas” is performing tomorrow — “Derektion Didi” or “Didi Amin Dada”.
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By M K Bhadrakumar – September 23, 2012