Bharti Walmart denies spending money in India for market access

Bharti Walmart

Bharti Walmart today denied allegations that it spent money in India to gain market access here.

"These allegations are entirely false. In accordance with US law, US companies are required to disclose the issues and expenditures associated with lobbying on a quarterly basis," a Bharti Walmart spokesperson said in a statement.

The expenditures are a compilation of expenses associated with staff, association dues, consultants and contributions spent in the US, it added.

"Our Washington office naturally had discussions with US government officials about a range of trade and investment issues that impact our businesses in the US and worldwide and disclosed this in accordance with the law," the official said.

Following reports that WalMart spent USD 25 million (about Rs 125 crore) since 2008 on its various lobbying activities, including on the issues related to "enhanced market access for investment in India", BJP and Left parties have alleged that money has been spent in India.

Bharti Walmart Private Limited is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart, the world's leading retailer.

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