Disclose names of recipients of Walmart lobbying money: BJP to govt

Dec 10 2012, 17:48 IST
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The Walmart lobbying issue triggered a political storm in Parliament. The Walmart lobbying issue triggered a political storm in Parliament.
SummaryThe cat is out of the bag and the proof is properly documented, says BJP

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 further. "We have raised an issue that concern the image of Parliament," he said.

Prasad said, "the lobbying fact cannot be denied as US Senate has accepted it. Lobbying in India is prohibited. Bribery is a crime. People of the country would like to know if lobbying was going on for the last four years then what action had been taken by the government and who were the middlemen in the transaction."

SP leader Mohan Singh also said that it is known that when a foreign company enters the country they spent huge money for it.

When reminded that SP has bailed

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