BJP had supported FDI in 2004, says Congress MLA

Congress protesting state BJP`s support to nationwide bandh against it, and pointing out that the saffron party had supported FDI in 2004.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 15:09 PM IST

Bhopal: The issue of FDI in retail sector
figured in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Thursday, with Congress
protesting state BJP`s support to nationwide bandh against it,
and pointing out that the saffron party had supported FDI in
2004.

The matter was raised in the zero hour by Ashwin Joshi of
Congress, but the Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said that due to
the paucity of time, it was being "construed as read" in the
house.

Tulsi Silawat (Congress) also protested against BJP`s
opposition to FDI, but by then the Speaker had moved on to the
next business item.

Later, Joshi said the support to bandh
call had exposed BJP`s "double standard".

In its 2004 manifesto, BJP had supported allowing 26 per
cent FDI in the retail sector, Joshi said, adding that Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was then a member of the
manifesto committee.

The Congress legislator also pointed out that Bharti
Walmart`s Best Price Store already had an outlet in Madhya
Pradesh.

PTI