Patna: Observing that a majority of
Parliamentarians were opposed to the opening up of the retail
sector for the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the JD(U)
today dared the UPA government to seek a vote in the
Parliament after a debate on the burning issue.
"A majority of the Parliamentarians are opposed to the
FDI in retail sector....let the UPA government seek a division
of votes on the floor of the two houses in Parliament to
test its strength on the issue," the JD(U) national general
secretary Shivanand Tiwari told reporters here.
Not only that the opposition members were vociferously
opposed to the FDI in retail sector, but the UPA too was
divided with its constituents like the TMC and DMK stoutly
opposing the central government`s decision, he said.
There were murmurs even among the Congress`
ranks with two senior ministers - A.K. Antony and Jairam
Ramesh - reported to have expressed their disapproval to
the union cabinet`s decision allowing 100 per cent FDI in
single brand retail and 51 per cent in multi-brand retail,
The FDI in retail sector has also not gone down
well with the masses given agitation throughout the country in
protest against the central decision in this regard, the
senior JD(U) leader said.
On the Commerce Minister Anand Sharma`s defence of the
FDI in retail sector, he said that his claim about employment
generation, road and infrastructure development and benefits
to the consumer and farmers did not hold water as the
economies of the Unites States and several countries of Europe
were witnessing slowdown and recession in spite of the
presence of the retail chains like Walmart.