Udaipur: The three-day Chintan Shivir of the Congress has been progressing in Udaipur. The top brass of the party have been sitting together trying to come up with any formula to improve the party’s position in the future. The introspection of the party is in progress to woo the general public of society and win their hearts.
The brainstorming session is underway. Senior party leaders are sharing their experience and political knowledge of how to revive the party in this adverse situation. It is a daunting task, but not impossible.
Currently, the grand old party has been struggling on all fronts across the country. People don’t have faith in this party. The senior party members are hotly discussing the lethargic economic condition of the country and the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. They are blaming the current government for the suffering of the people of the country.
Chidambaram heads a panel discussion
Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, who heads a panel discussing what should be the party’s stance and strategy with regard to economic issues over the next two years in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, admitted that while economic distress has not taken the shape of a large protest, it was bound to become one.
“We saw the India Shining Campaign in 2004. We were able to take our message to the people and defeat the India Shining Campaign. The Modi government is doing a repeat of the India Shining Campaign. “We are confident that we will defeat the hype and exaggeration of the Modi government,” he said.
Asked about the BJP continuing to register electoral wins despite issues such as inflation and lack of jobs, Chidambaram said, “the people feel the pinch of job loss.” During the campaign in Goa, I saw how every other home made a plea about a son or a daughter or a nephew not having a job. Therefore, we are right in our assessment of the mood of the people. “
The Congress president had taken a decision by setting up six groups prior to the Chintan Shivir to deliberate on issues under six different heads, with Chidambaram heading the panel on the economy. T
“A Congress-led government ushered in a new era of liberalisation in 1991. The country has reaped enormous benefits in terms of wealth creation, new businesses and new entrepreneurs, a huge middle class, millions of jobs, exports and lifting 27 crore people out of poverty during a 10-year period. “After 30 years, it is felt that, taking into account global and domestic developments, it may be necessary to contemplate a reset of the economic policies,” he said.
“Inflation has risen to unacceptable levels, and threatens to rise further.” WPI inflation is at 14.55 per cent and CPI inflation is at 7.79 per cent. The government is actually fueling the rise of inflation through its wrong policies, especially through high taxes on petrol and diesel, high administered prices, and high GST tax rates,” Chidambaram said while listing out the conclusions of his panel.
At a time when even finance ministers of BJP-ruled states have expressed dismay at the complete breakdown of trust between the Centre and the states, Chidambaram said it was emphasised in the panel meetings that the time is ripe for a comprehensive review of Centre-States fiscal relations. “The consequences of the poorly-drafted and unfairly-implemented GST laws brought in by the Modi government in 2017 are there for everyone to see. “The States’ fiscal position is fragile as never before and needs urgent remedial measures,” Chidambaram said.
In response to a question, he said that the states’ GST dues should be paid to them immediately, and that the time period for payment of compensation to the states should be extended by at least three years.