'Govt ready to face any challenge on FDI'
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma made it clear that there will be no going back on allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi- brand retail as it is a "decision cast in stone" and said the government is ready to face any challenge in Parliament.
Speaking ahead of the Parliament session when Opposition is planning to press motions, including No-Confidence Motion over the FDI issue, he asserted that a government cannot be expected to have "vetting of its policy and endorsement of executive decisions either by ideological opponents, some of whom have blinkers on or those who have partisan agenda."
Talking to journalists en route to Phnom Penh along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sharma said, "It is high time that a realisation dawns upon all concerned that shrill discourse and sensationalisation in recent years has caused enormous damage to India's image, the investment climate and hurt India's economy."
He maintained that "In a constitutional democracy which is rule-based and rule-governed, if there is any issue those get addressed. We do not need opposition discourse for the concerned institutions and authorities who will look into such matters. It does nobody any good."
Asked to comment on a move by former UPA ally Trinamool Congress to
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