New Delhi, Sep 25: Asserting that farmers and traders would have to bear the brunt of FDI in retail, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Tuesday alleged that the Congress Party is trying to create a similar situation in the country, which was prevalent during the pre-independence era when the East India Company came to India and slowly made the entire nation its slave.
Singh said that FDI would have a negative impact on farmers and traders.
“The Congress party is trying to create similar situation in the country, which was prevalent during the pre independence era when the East India Company came to India and slowly made the entire country its slave. However, the BJP which is a responsible opposition would not allow the Congress Party to do so,” he said.
Emphasizing that the opposition will not accept FDI in retail at any cost, Singh said it would be a big blow on the autonomy of Indian economy.
Taking a jibe at the ruling party over the fresh economic reforms announced by the UPA Government, Singh said the Congress, which has dominated the Indian political scenario for around 52 years, has not come up with a solution on core issues aimed at providing relief to the poor man of the country.
“The economic reform is being done to ruin the poor people. The Congress should not forget the fact that it is one party, which has dominated the Independent India for a long time. There has been an increase in monetary gap between the rich and poor under this party. There has been an increase in the number of poor people than what it was when we achieved Independence,” said Singh.
“Farmers are committing suicides, unemployment is going on increasing. Despite dominating the Indian political scenario for around 52 years, it has not come up with a solution on these core issues. Our India still does not fall in line with the developed nations of the world. Who is responsible for this?” he asked.
Singh said the BJP is at the moment playing the role of a principal opposition in both the houses of Parliament.
“But the Congress considers the BJP to be negative because we expose the corruption of the ruling party. Since the people of the country have given the Bharatiya Janata Party a responsibility to play the role of a principal opposition, so we play our role as a watchdog of the public exchequer; whether it was matters related to 2G scam, CWG scam, Adarsh Housing society scam or allocation of coal blocks,” said Singh.
“A constitutional body, the CAG, pointed out that there are some mistakes in allocation of coal blocks. And if the Bharatiya Janata Party raises this issue in both houses of Parliament, then it is said that the BJP is playing a negative role,” he added.
Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi earlier in the day informed that the Congress President Sonia Gandhi spoke about the role of the main opposition party in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, and said that it should play the role of a constructive opposition.
The Congress-led UPA Government and the BJP are presently at loggerheads over the decision to hike the diesel price, cap the supply of subsidised LPG cylinders to six per household and approve 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail. (ANI)