Many commentators have pointed out that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s economic philosophy, since going into the opposition in 2004, has not been that different from that of the Congress.
By and large, they've supported major entitlement-based welfare programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and if anything, have opposed minor reform measures such as allowing foreign direct investment in retail.
Some supporters of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, now the BJP's poll campaign chief, have suggested that with his anointment as the de facto leader of the party, there will be a turn in the BJP's economic philosophy back toward economic reform, which animated the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) when it was in power.
In that light, does Modi's recent letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh show such a turn?
In the letter, he articulated five objections he has to the food security Bill in its current form, which, if passed into law, would supersede the Ordinance that the government passed after the end of the last session.
Text: Rupa Subramanya, Business Standard
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