FDI in retail: No consensus at all-party meet
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"BJP wants this serious issue be discussed in Parliament and hold voting. Some political parties speak differently outside and inside Parliament. We should think in nation's interest. It is a policy matter. It concerns millions in agriculture and retail trade," BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.
"When you are reduced to a minority, your allies are not agreeing, then how can you bring FDI in retail sector? Mr Prime Minister, FDI in retail is not in the interest of the country. It is against the country's interest," Naidu said.
Accusing the government of going back on its assurances given in Parliament on December 7, 2011 on FDI, he said "what happened to the assurances? It is a contempt of Parliament. It is a betrayal of Parliament. You have brought in FDI through back-door."
Charging the ruling parties with not allowing Parliament to function, Naidu said "people should see who is obstructing the functioning of the House. It is the ruling party and its allies which are obstructing Parliament. We are not responsible for the present situation," he said.
He said when Congress was in opposition during NDA rule, it had opposed the move in Parliament through its leader Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, terming it as 'anti-national'.
"If it was anti-national at that time, how can it be pro-national now," he said, adding "why the change of stand? Why this U-turn?"
Referring to Congress' opposition to FDI during NDA rule, Naidu said "if it was destroying employment then, how can it create employment now"?
BJP alleged Congress and its allies had no respect for Parliamwent and they were bent on bringing it through the "back-door".
Naidu said the government is not favourably inclined to the demand of the opposition to have a discussion in Parliament followed by voting.
He said the opposition party was very clear on the issue as holding a discussion with voting was in the interest of the nation. "We will insist in Parliament on this," he said.