The five years of Congress led UPA Government's economic policy making was enmeshed in neo-liberalism under the garb of working in favour of the aam admi. An analysis of the economic performance of the UPA only shows that the UPA Government's policies bypassed the aam admi.
The SFI organized a March to Parliament on 20th February 2009 against the UPA Government's betrayal of the student community and pledging to fight for a pro-people, pro-student, non-Congress, non-BJP alternative. The press release of SFI on the Parliament March and a note on the education policies of the UPA Government is reproduced below.
In view of the global economic crisis and economic slowdown, the UPA Government could have announced at least its intention of providing relief to the people through massive increase in public investment in agriculture, rural development, social sectors and infrastructure besides steps to protect workers and farmers from lay offs and price crashes. Instead, what gets reflected in the Budget Speech is complacency and insensitivity towards the growing suffering of the masses.---CPI(M) Politburo Statement on the Interim Budget
During the last one month, the UPA Government has been doling out concession and relief at jet speed to the airlines – more precisely the two private airlines viz Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines, who now share 60 per cent of the domestic aviation market. This is in total contrast to the Government’s apathy during the last two years to the relentless price rise and high inflation which has become unbearable for the common people.
''To the best of one’s knowledge, the session which was summoned on July 17, 2008 primarily to enable the trust vote on July 21-22 will now end somewhere in the third or fourth week of December, if one were to believe the government. This is the longest ever session of the parliament notwithstanding the fact that it will simultaneously create a record of sorts in terms of the least number of sittings. Parliament has hardly been treated with such utter contempt ever before.''
Nilotpal Basu writes in People's Democracy
The Kandhamal riots, Terrorist Blasts, Other incidents of Communal Violence, the impact of the financial crisis in the United States -- The response to all these issues of today by the Manm0han Singh G0vernment is a big zero, to paraphrase an upcoming article in the Peoples' Democracy by Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Also posted: Text of the Privilege motion filed against the prime minister for lying to parliament about tabling the agreements signed with the IAEA and NSG before finalising the 123 Agreement; Memorandum to the President by members of parliament belonging to the Left Parties.