Dinesh Trivedi hits back at Pranab for FDI remark

Dinesh Trivedi on Friday hit back Pranab Mukherjee for his remark that narrow politics was hampering implementation of a policy framework on FDI.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 17:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Railway Minister and Trinamool
Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi on Friday hit back at Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee for his remark that narrow politics
was hampering implementation of a policy framework on FDI in
retail, saying people who "think with a narrow mind" consider
it so.

"Jo narrow mind sey sochtey hain, unko narrow lagta hai
(people who think with a narrow mind, consider it as narrow),"
he told reporters outside Parliament House.

Trinamool Congress is demanding withdrawal of government`s
decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail.

Trivedi`s comments came hours after Mukherjee had lamented
that narrow political gains were hampering early
implementation of a policy framework on FDI in retail even
though it was being done in a calibrated and sensitive manner.

In a veiled attack on Mukherjee`s reported remarks that
opposition to FDI in retail was only political in nature, he
said the Finance Minister was "very correct" as Parliament was
a political institution.

"Parliament is not Lions Club or Rotary Club. It is a
political thing. Constitution is a political constitution.
Managing the affairs of the country is political. We have a
political system which is called democracy. This is not a
canteen where we come and have a chit-chat. This is serious
business and part of politics. So he is very correct. It is
absolutely part of politics," Trivedi added.

PTI