Kerala PCC chief opposes FDI in retail, writes to PM

Key NDA ally JD(U) has already given a notice of an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on Monday opposing the move.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Differences in Congress over
allowing FDI in retail surfaced today with Kerala PCC chief
Ramesh Chennithala writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
opposing the move and asking party government in the state not
to implement it.

Congress in Kerala has been opposing FDI in retail fearing
that the opposition Left would capitalise on it by weaning
away small and marginal retail shop owners from its
supporters.

"I have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing
the Union Cabinet decision to throw open the doors of
country`s retail market," Chennithala said.

He also said that he has met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen
Chandy and asked him not to implement the Centre`s decision.
Kerala is the first Congress-ruled state where a PCC chief
has expressed opposition to FDI in retail.

Chennithala contended the decision will have a huge effect
on the thousands of small retailers in the state.

Earlier today, Chief Ministers of UP and Tamil Nadu --
Mayawati and Jayalalithaa-- also opposed FDI in retail.
Mayawati said the decision would make Uttar Pradesh a
bankrupt state and termed it as a move aimed at benefiting
foreign friends of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The AIADMK chief alleged that the move was undertaken
under pressure from a few retail giants and asserted her
government would not allow multi-brand global players to set
up their markets in Tamil Nadu.

Key NDA ally JD(U) has already given a notice of an
adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on Monday opposing the move.

PTI