Chennai: Accusing the UPA government of being
responsible for the stalemate in Parliament, BJP leader M
Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said his party was not interested in
bringing down the Manmohan Singh ministry and only wanted to
force it to withdraw its decision allowing FDI retail.
"Our effort is not to bring down the government but to
force it to roll back the decision on FDI in retail trade," he
told reporters here.
"There is no question of opposition relenting on this. We
want a debate on the issue through an adjournment motion with
voting. If the government has sufficient numbers, why should
oppose the motion with voting? Is it an open admission that it
does not have sufficient numbers?` he said.
Naidu charged the UPA government with being responsible
for the present logjam in Parliament on FDI in retail issue.
"We want a debate in Parliament on the issue. Why is the
government afraid of it?` he added.
The Centre`s decision was being opposed by DMK and
Trinamool Congress, key constituents of UPA, besides BSP and
Samjawadi party, extending outside support to it, he said.
"This is an acid test for all these parties, particularly
for the parties which are under pressure from the Prime
Minister to revise their stand", he said referring to Singh
reaching out to DMK and TMC to support the decision on FDI.
He alleged the Centre had unilaterally decided to allow FDI
in multi-brand retail trade only to divert the people`s
attention from various scams, price rise, its `inability` to
unearth black money and inflation.
Naidu said there was no unanimity within the government
on the FDI issue as there were dissensions even in Congress
with some of its MPs opposing the decision.
He said the government should explain why it hurried with
the decision on the important issue when Parlaiment was in
He said the Prime Minister was "adamant" on going ahead
with the decision. "Dr Singh is maintaining silence. He is not
attending Parliament, all-party meet convened by the
government. At whose behest is he doing this? Is it because of
the pressure from United States or something else? He needs
to explain this", Naidu said.
He said even in the US, retail major Wallmart was not
present in major cities like New York as the administrtion
wanted to protect retail traders there. India had crores of
retail traders and if FDI was allowed in the sector, they
would be deprieved of their livelihood, he said.
On Mullaperiyar Dam issue, he said the Centre should
convene a meeting of Tamil Nadu and Kerala officials to arrive
at an amicable solution.