'No diffrence between UPA, Gujarat model'

'No diffrence between UPA, Gujarat model'

‘With Gujarat model, there is an added threat of communalism’

The much-hyped ‘Gujarat Model’ is an aggressive version of the pro-capitalist and anti-people policies, practised by the UPA government for a decade, said State CPM secretary V J K Nair, here, on Monday.

 However, the model publicised by the BJP-led NDA alliance, has an added threat of communalism, he said.

Speaking at a political convention on ‘Effective Alternate Politics’, he lambasted the UPA government for the tax waiver of Rs 25 lakh crore for corporates.

 “Such a large amount of funds could have been used for social welfare and infrastructure development for the welfare of the people,” he said.

Criticising the liberal policies of the UPA government, he said, even though the policies attracted a lot of investment, it has only helped a few businessmen to benefit at the cost of the public. “When UPA-II was formed in 2009, the number of dollar billionaires in the country was nine. 

In a span of five years their numbers has increased to 56,” he said. If Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister, the number of billionaires will swell further, and the gap between the rich and the poor will widen further, he said.

Aiming his ire at Mukesh Ambani, he alleged that Ambani had a significant role to play in the repeated fluctuations in the cost of LPG and other petroleum products. LPG is a natural resource, for which the extraction cost was a dollar for one Million British Thermal Units. 

The cost of the resource extracted from oil wells of the country rapidly increased to four dollars by 2007. “The cost of LPG, which was Rs 100 in 2004, will rise to Rs 800 in a few years. 

If corporates like Ambani, have not profited unfairly by extracting the natural resources, how could the number of billionaires increase six-fold in five years?” he questioned.

On the ‘Gujarat Model’, he said, though industrialists are all praise for the model as Narendra Modi had allowed for an unregulated growth, with little room for labour laws. Workers in industries of Gujarat are paid much below the minimum wages, he said.

Anna Bhagya

He demanded the State government to extend the Anna Bhagya scheme to APL card holders also and provide 35 kg of rice at Rs 2 per kg.

 An average family of five requires 75 kilograms of food products per month.  Our demand is only half of the food products required by a family, he said.

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