“Nation-wide agitation” “Our party will fight against it”. These are the newspaper headlines, quoting various opposition leaders. And the reason? The government of India has announced an increase in the prices of Petroleum products and cooking gas.
No doubt, it is a heavy burden on people who are already struggling in the wake of food inflation for quite sometime now. The opposition parties take the easy route of organizing strikes and demonstrations, depending on their habits; and the people are made to believe that the government is merciless and anti-people as if the government is doing it to torture the citizens.
The opposition can save their skin by protests and demonstrations or strikes, thereby undermining the economy of the nation. If they are really concerned about the price hike, they would instruct the state governments to share the burden by cutting down sales tax on these items, but they won’t do it because they want to put the entire blame on the central government.
The Central government, too, has failed to explain to the people as to why the government is helpless in this matter. The people must be made to understand that the petroleum products are imported items and whenever there is an increase in the prices of these items in the international market, the government will be left with no choice. Moreover, the people must know that these items are made available to them at subsidized rates. If the common man realizes this fact, he won’t be carried away by the opposition’s propaganda.