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While she acknowledged the importance of FDI, the BSP chief questioned various arguments extended by the government in favour of the move in multi-brand retail.
She said the BSP did not find any merit in the argument that it will be allowed only in large cities with a population over 10 lakh, saying that MNCs will naturally choose only those cities with a large consumer base. "My party's position is that farmers, traders, labourers, small industries and factories will be adversely impacted by this move. It has the potential to lead us to economic slavery," she said.
While highlighting that flexibility to states to allow FDI in retail was the lone "plus point", the BSP supremo added: "It is my suggestion to review the experience of the Congress-ruled states that agree to grant permit to the move."