(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 10, 2012
Petrol Price Hike: DMK Stands
S P Rajendran
recently witnessed --- once again --- the naked double
standard of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), this time on the
petrol price rise issue.
press briefing on May 30, former chief minister and DMK chief
M Karunanidhi issued a ‘warning’ to the UPA government on the
petrol price rise issue, saying that the DMK would not
hesitate to quit the alliance if it came under compulsion to
compromise on its principles.
on the very next day, Karunanidhi withdrew the ‘warning’ and
described the media reports as “mischievous.” He told
reporters that he had only talked about what had happened in
the past and did not make any comment on leaving the UPA.
further said he could not put any condition “as desired by the
media,” as the exit of the DMK from the central government
might pave the way for a retrograde and communal rule. “We
have to keep in mind the issues. But the centre too should not
create troubles for the people. I have also received
information that the prime minister is considering a rollback
in deference to the people's protests. I will be happy if it
leads to positive developments.”
question on the protests organised by his party across the
state on May 31, he said that it was against the hike in
petrol price and not against the centre.
Ramakrishnan and T K Rangarajan, leaders of the Communist
Party of India (Marxist), vehemently criticised the DMK
chief’s doublespeak and accused the DMK, which party has been
a part and parcel of the UPA-1 and UPA-2 governments and
earlier of the BJP led NDA government too, of being one of the
main culprits of petrol price rise and the policy decision
regarding the deregulation of petrol prices.
industrial city of
General Council began its meeting here on June 2, with its
president A K Padmanabhan criticising the neo-liberal policies
of the government at the centre. He also drew attention to the
Left oriented trade unions struggling to protect the workers’
rights which the multinational companies and the pro-corporate
policies born out of neo-liberalism seek to deny.
many companies disallow the formation of trade unions, others
seek to deny the existing ones their rights. It is sad that
this should happen in a country with a very large workforce,
Padmanabhan said at the inaugural session.
policies led to the creation of “contract” and “casual”
workforce. A workforce with no security is being created in
the country, he said.
such circumstances, it is vital to take forward the campaign
against these policies. The General Council was to discuss
these issues and also the approach of the United Progressive
Alliance’s government at the centre that is inflicting
hardships on the people, he said.
general secretary Tapan Sen, Coimbatore MP P R Natarajan and
state CITU’s general secretary A Soundararajan were among
those who participated in the inaugural session.
the four day deliberations on various issues facing the
working class, the meeting concluded with the resolution to go
ahead with more intensive struggles. On June 5 evening,
thousands of workers moved in a procession in the streets of
the city, followed by a massive public meeting.
REPETITION OF 1991
every possibility of a 1991 type financial crisis recurring,
former Kerala finance minister and CPI(M) Central Committee
member T M Thomas Isaac said at a seminar organised by the
Centre of Indian Trade Unions in
seminar took place on the sidelines of the CITU's General
said the country's trade deficit was Rs 2.50 lakh crore,
meaning our imports far surpassed exports. To maintain the
balance, the country was borrowing from outside. The $30,000
crore the country claimed to have in foreign exchange reserve
would evaporate any time, as it was the money the foreign
institutional investors had invested in our markets for a
short time. However, the central government was scared of
using the money – by releasing the dollars so as to stabilise
pointed out that the exchange rate was Rs 44 a dollar a year
ago but now it stood at Rs 55 and in another year it may touch
Rs 70. The country would plunge into a crisis if the
government did not intervene in the right way.
it appeared that the government did not have a solution. To
revive the economy it should cut taxes, provide incentives to
industries and increase spending. But if it did so, it would
only increase inflation. The situation, called ‘stagflation,'
did not have any solution in economics.
CITU general secretary A Soundararajan urged the state
government to protect the small, micro and tiny industries in
Tamilnadu as they provided employment to around nine lakh
people. If they suffered, he said, the state would suffer as a
power crisis, he said that owners of seven lakh small and tiny
units in the state had lost their 30 years' savings in the
last six months because of the power crisis.
High Court advocate R Vaigai spoke on how the court rulings
over the years had affected the working class. She called on
the trade unions to rise up to the challenge thrown at them by
Varadharajan, former president of the