FDI row: Mulayam threatens to burn retail outlets

Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said they will burn any such shop in UP, echoing the threat held out by BJP leader Uma Bharti a few days ago.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2011, 17:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Praising West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing FDI in retail, Samajwadi
Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said they will burn any
such shop in UP, echoing the threat held out by BJP leader Uma
Bharti a few days ago.

"We congratulate Mamata Banerjee for opposing the FDI
decision. We are totally opposed to it because the government
decision will adversely affect thousands of retail traders,"
Yadav told reporters outside Parliament House here.

When pointed out that his arch rival UP Chief Minister
Mayawati has also opposed the FDI decision, Yadav said, "This
is a good thing that she is also opposing. But our stand is
that we will burn any such shop in the state and we will not
allow it."

Asked about the party`s future course of action on the
issue, Yadav said, "We have requested Soniaji to withdraw it.
We will continue our protest unlesss it is withdrawn."

Speaking in Lucknow, Bharti had on November 25 threatened
to burn down Walmart stores if they were opened in India.

PTI