Power pact: 'Force' factor, 'communal forces' hand Mayawati over to Congress on retail FDI platter

Dec 03 2012, 16:54 IST
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BSP chief Mayawati. (Agencies) BSP chief Mayawati. (Agencies)
SummaryThe implementation should prevent the harmful impact of some of its provisions on the poor.

checking all aspects. Our suggestion to the government is to study its impact on Congress-ruled states, do a deep analysis and then proceed further," Mayawati said.

She pointed out that countries like Thailand and Malaysia invited FDI but the results were not very good and their economies suffered.

Mayawati said India needs to look into which sectors FDI should be allowed as it may have an adverse impact in some areas.

"Allowing FDI into India without any conditions will not be good for the domestic economy," she said, adding that her party is concerned about its impact on farmers, small businesses, labourers, factories, small traders and the like.

"There is an apprehension that due to FDI in multi-brand retail the small traders will suffer big loses and will lose their significance," Mayawati said.

The BSP supremo hit out at the government for claiming that FDI in retail will bring down prices of commodities.

"The wrong economic policies of the government have led to price rise and growing unemployment," she said.

She maintained that foreign multinational companies want to tap those markets which have maximum consumers.

Govt seeks to keep Mayawati in good humour ahead of FDI vote

With Mayawati voicing certain reservations over FDI policy in its present form, Government today sought to keep BSP in good humour by declaring its commitment to a Constitution Amendment Bill providing for promotions for SC/STs in government jobs.

"Government is committed to the Constitution Amendment Bill," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters when asked about Mayawati's ambivalent stand on support to the Government on the FDI issue which is being taken up in the Lok Sabha tomorrow under a rule that entails voting.

Recalling that the Government had itself brought the Bill in Parliament, he said, "It is introduced in the Rajya Sabha by us. It is listed by us as 'number 1' in the List of Business today."

The BSP, which has 21 members in the Lok Sabha, has been aggressive in Parliament for passage of the Bill and has been at loggerheads with Samajwadi Party, its rival in Uttar Pradesh politics, on the issue. The SP, which is also a key outside supporter of the Government, is opposed to the measure.

With the Left and the Right making a common cause on opposition to the FDI issue, Kamal Nath sought to drive a wedge in the opposition asking all political parties to reject the "politics of BJP".

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