May 11, 2007Public Policy

Beeb in the woods

India’s reform programme is stalled because of the Congress party, not anyone else

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

In the light of the Bahujan Samaj Party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, a BBC correspondent asks:

So what does this mean for the central government’s ambitious economic reform programme, based on a prediction of 10%+ economic growth?

Does the economist Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, have political space to push for further reforms? [BBC]Ambitious reform programme? Which one?

If the Prime Minister lacks political space, it is denied him by his own party. Even that is assuming be believes in the need for more reforms. What is it about Dr Manmohan Singh that people find it necessary to blame everyone else, save the purported reformist and his doggedly communal-socialist party?

Update: Dr Singh is so scared of facing the electorate that he is seeking to enter parliament through the back door, again.

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