Maya set to bail out govt in RS, to vote for FDI
Accusing the government of betraying Parliament, BJP’s Venkaiah Naidu said the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail was taken even without consulting allies and supporting parties. His remarks that the government did not consult even its “allies” such as the BSP and SP created a brief furore with BSP members taking objection to his description of BSP as an ally of the UPA.
The house witnessed angry exchanges between BSP and BJP members. Responding to Mayawati’s remarks that she did not want to be seen siding with communal forces, Naidu pointed out that the BJP had led a 23-party coalition government at the Centre and a host of parties were part of it. “People shared power with us three times...Different parties had alliances with the BJP...They enjoyed power...Today, they can’t take a stand that because BJP is opposing, we will support it. It will be ridiculous...people will be laughing at them,” he said.
Naidu also linked the BJP’s defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections to its poll promise to open up the retail sector to FDI as he spiritedly opposed the government move. “NDA favoured 26 per cent FDI in 2004. We were defeated. You want that same fate to happen to you?” he asked.