Surajkund (Haryana): Today is the third and final day of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national executive and national council meetings here.
The UPA government is expected to come under renewed attack at Friday’s session, over its policies and recent scams. A political resolution on the same is also likely to be adopted today.
A host of BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, will address the gathering today and share centrestage.
Also today, the National Executive is likely to approve the extension of term of Nitin Gadkari as party’s national president.
On Thursday, the BJP released a letter written in 2002 by Manmohan Singh which suggests that he was against Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. The reported contents of the letter are significant because the government of Dr Singh, now the Prime Minister, has cleared FDI in retail.
While committing itself to reforms which are in national interest, the BJP said that it was unfortunate that the country was being led in a direction determined by the Western powers.
“BJP is committed to reforms which are in national interest. Reforms are not what Western powers define them to be... It is unfortunate that we accept the definition that foreign nations give to reforms,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said while moving the party’s economic resolution at the National Executive meeting.
The resolution demanded immediate reversal of the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, cancellation of allotment of coal blocks since 2004 among other things.
Jaitley said that “reforms should be pro-people and it is unfortunate that the word reform is being brought a bad name... Every change is not a reform and what goes against the grain of the country is a counter-reform and we must reject it.”
It said that “the government was expected to carry pro-people reforms like bringing back black money and taking tough decisions against corruption, instead it is advertising its anti-people administrative decisions as big bang reforms.”
“The government had an option of large number of domestic reforms which are pending. There is a broad consensus on these reforms. The government has chosen to ignore these reforms but implemented a decision which will hurt the national interest.”
The economic resolution also demanded impartial probe into the coalgate scam and immediate rollback of diesel price hike and capping of LPG cylinders.
“We need FDI in strategic sectors and high-end technology… We should also encourage FDI in infrastructure which is facing a huge capital crunch. The government of the day has failed to arrange large public investments in these sectors,” the resolution reads.
(With PTI inputs)