Debate FDI or House logjam stays: Venkaiah
But despite the assurances in both Houses of Parliament, government later went ahead unilaterally and notified the decision on FDI in retail trade, Naidu alleged. “We are not making it a prestige issue. We are keen that Parliament functions to take up people's issues,” he said.
Naidu said BJP wanted the government to explain and convince on two issues - ‘betrayal’ of Parliament and volte face on the issue of FDI in retail trade. Till such time the stalemate will continue and the Congress will be solely responsible for it, Naidu asserted. Naidu also pointed out that Congress had opposed FDI in retail during the NDA regime. “They raised questions in the Rajya Sabha. They wrote letters to ministers against it. They even went to the extent of calling the move as anti-national...How FDI in retail trade was anti-national then and pro-country now ? If it was a threat to our retail traders then, how will it protect their interests now ?” he asked.
He added: “We, as an Opposition party, have a responsibility
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