New Delhi: Indicating more reforms, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Monday asserted that the government will "keep taking decisions" such as FDI in retail in the national interest.
"People voted us and therefore we will keep taking decisions we have full faith and we will go to people. Let the people judge and the people will see through them (opposition parties) and their agenda," Sharma told Rajya Sabha TV.
He said the opposition and "political posturing" by the BJP to the foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail was on the expected lines as it has a "partisan agenda".
Sharma said for long the opponents were trying to create an atmosphere where it had become difficult for the government to take decisions.
"Now they have to bear in mind that we are also a political bombardment and the largest political party in the country. ..." he said adding that preaching to the party should stop.
Sharma said anybody cannot be allowed to get up and say," Congress should not do this,".
He said the government did enough consultations with stakeholders before opening the retail sector to foreign investment.
"During the consultation process (even) two of the BJP-ruled states strongly asked for it , including Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. (Also) I received in writing from the Punjab government,Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Badal demanding that the Centre should come up with this policy because the Punjab farmers will benefit from it," Sharma said.
First Published: Monday, October 8, 2012, 19:26