(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 17, 2011
Focusses on Policy Issues
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Of course, the growth did not continue for long and with the rising cotton prices and growing global economic crisis, Tirupur faced many serious troubles. Just some time before the global financial crisis began, Tirupur garment export business was hit by appreciation of Rupee value against US Dollar. Then they were hit by the global financial crisis. The severe power shortage in the state also hit these already struggling industries and many smaller ones had to shut shop in Tirupur. Thousands of workers lost jobs and are in severe distress. According to Tirupur Exporters Association, more than 20,000 workers lost their jobs in just one year. Most of those employed are actually on contract basis and are easier to get rid of when required. With the UPA-II government deciding to take out cotton from the list of essential commodities, it was open for speculation by the online trading companies. Its price, per candy, consequently went up from Rs 28,400 to Rs 65,000, directly affecting the yarn (the major raw material for garment) price. It jumped from Rs 185 to Rs 282 and is still increasing. As a result of all this, the industry lost around Rs 1500 crore as a result of this.
It is in this context that the assembly election campaign in Tirupur is centred around the neo-liberal policies of the central government and the state government. The CPI(M) is contesting from Tirupur South assembly constituency, which has nearly 1.7 lakh voters. More than half of the population in this part of the city are workers and CPI(M) is intensively campaigning on the policy issues that have resulted in such a dire situation. This constituency is the smallest among the 8 segments of the district.
Tirupur, after delimitation has now two constituencies – Tirupur North and Tirupur South. In the North seat, the fight is on between DMK and AIADMK while in the South seat, it is between the Congress and CPI(M. Apart from the crisis in textile industry, the CPI(M) is also raising the price rise and 2G spectrum scandal issues in a big way. The Party is also clearly spelling out alternatives for solving these problems. Not only Tirupur, many districts of Tamilnadu are facing severe problems due to the pursuit of these anti-people policies by both the state and central governments. The CPI(M) is confident that the anger among the people will be reflected in their vote against the UPA partners in the April 13 election. CPI(M) candidate in Tirupur South constituency, K Thangavel, said "Tirupur voters now have an opportunity to defeat the DMK-Congress combine and their policies. I am sure they will use this opportunity to teach a lesson to them"