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More Politically Correct Than PC

The party's socialist heart says aye, the reformers mask their disappointment

More Politically  Correct Than PC
More Politically Correct Than PC
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Congratulations have been pouring in from within the Congress too, especially from a substantial section that harks back to the Nehruvian era. Members of the party’s powerful reforms lobby—many of whom are in the Union cabinet—are putting up a brave face, explaining away the absence of big-ticket reforms to the international economic climate, saying reforms will happen, incrementally.

Party sources attribute the tone and tenor of the party’s first budget after the recent elections to the signals that have come from party president Sonia Gandhi herself. The fact that Pranab, rather than P. Chidambaram, was appointed finance minister was itself an indication, they stress, that the budget would tilt towards the social sector. "Whether it was our party’s manifesto, the government’s vision outlined in the President’s address to Parliament, or the prime minister’s letter to the finance minister and other ministers, they all stressed that the advances made in the social sector would be consolidated," says a party functionary.

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