Deepender Singh Hooda FDI speech churns Facebook frenzy
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The Congress party was ecstatic to see the Parliament speech of Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda on FDI in retail go viral on the social media, interpreting it as an endorsement of the government's policy, especially by the youth.
Hooda has uploaded his speech on his Facebook account, which has attracted nearly six lakh views and about 10,000 'likes' thus far. The YouTube video of his speech had been viewed by about 13,000 people by Tuesday.
While there was no rebuttal from the Opposition to his substantive points in favour of FDI in multi-brand retail, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had sought to take a jibe at him for claiming that Haryana farmers could even grow two-feet-long potatoes.
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