including on the issues related to "enhanced market access for investment in India".
"BJP would like the PM to explain why he did not initiate inquiry and what he proposed to do now when it has become evident that multi-brand retail FDI has come on the shoulders of lobbying and bribery," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
His party colleague Venkaiah Naidu said, "We demand that Prime Minister should come to the House and make a statement on the issue. It should also be followed up with an independent inquiry."
"The disclosure in US senate about Walmart that they had spent Rs 125 cr in lobbying including India for creating new market is official confirmation that Walmart has done lobbying in India. Lobbying is banned in India," Prasad said.
Naidu said, "Government cannot keep quiet and Parliament
cannnot remain silent into these serious allegations...It has
raised many questions. It is a question of India's image and
the image of its Parliament."
Also demanding an inquiry into the issue, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said,"We are not saying who has taken money or not. What we are saying is that Walmart itself is saying that it has spent the money. There are cases of corruption in
the court. So government should inquire into it."
SP leader Mohan Singh also said, "government should inquire into it as who are responsible for it or involved in it."
BJP said the Prime Minister should explain how lobbying for Walmart was allowed in India despite a ban on it. The BJP also said that it will continue to raise the issue in Parliament and demand the government's response.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions over reports of Walmart spending huge money to lobby for entry into the Indian market.
Naidu said, "It is a shocking news on India and it is a sad commentary on the state of affairs. This has raised many questions. The country wants to know who have taken the money and what is the government's response."
He alleged that the party has been raising the issue of western influence there on India's policy and the reports have proved this point