Government will not pursue 'unrestricted' reforms agenda: Congress

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New Delhi, July 24 (UNI) Asserting that the Manmohan Singh government would not pursue an "unrestricted" reforms agenda just because the Left Parties no longer supported the ruling dispensation, the Congress today said it wanted to implement only those reforms that helped the 'aam aadmi.' "Any reform that affects the aam aadmi (common man), we have to be cautious. This is what we are going to advice the government," AICC General Secretary in charge of Media Veerappa Moily told mediapersons, while reacting to reports that the government would vigorously pursue its reforms agenda in the next 10 months in the context of the Left having no say in governance.

He said the government would implement only those economic reforms that would help to control inflation and reached out to a large number of people.

"I am not naming this reform or that reform. Whatever reform measures that are needed to rsolve economic conflict and that reaches out to the aam aadmi, we will take it up as a priority." Asked if the UPA would change its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) in view of the Left not supporting the ruling coalition, Mr Moily said: "the CMP will not be altered. It will remain intact. The CMP is a commitment given to the nation and not to the Left alone. It is not a Left dictated CMP." Asked if the government would manage to complete its remaining 10 months of the current term, Mr Moily asked, "We have managed to rule this country for 60 years. Then what is the problem in managing with the remaining few months?" Mr Moily justified the statement of Prime Minister Singh that the Left Parties expected him to behave as their bonded labour, but it was not acceptable to him, Mr Moily said Dr Singh was "Sthitha Pakgya." Asked why the Prime Minister had behaved like a bonded labour for 50 months when the Left Parties were supporting the government, Mr Moily said :" Dr Singh stood up head and shoulder and said what he wanted to say when the time has come." UNI SH RL NS1952

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