Bhopal: JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Saturday
asserted that there can be no talks with the Centre on ending
the current logjam in the Parliament unless the decision to
allow FDI in retail is rolled back.
"No talks can be held with the government until the
proposal for FDI in retail is rolled back," Yadav told PTI on
his arrival here for participating in a function tomorrow.
The JD(U) chief was responding to the question on the
current logjam in the Parliament.
Sources close to the JD(U) president said West Bengal
Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
discussed the FDI issue with Yadav over phone when he was
coming from the airport.
Meanwhile, in a sudden turn of events Banerjee, whose
party is strongly opposed to government`s move to allow FDI in
retail, made an announcement in Kolkata today that a decision
on the issue has been "suspended" by the Centre.
The Trinamool chief said that Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee informed her over the telephone that the FDI
decision has been "suspended".
"It is not temporary...until and unless consensus is
evolved, the issue (decision on FDI in retail) is suspended,"
she told reporters in Kolkata.
The Finance Minister, however, declined to speak on the
subject saying any official word on this will be made only in