Kolkata: Veteran CPI leader Gurudas
Dasgupta on Tuesday blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the
impasse in the Parliament over FDI in retail and said that
only a total rollback of the decision could ensure normalcy.
"The Prime Minister is responsible for this situation.
He is threatening to resign if FDI in retail does not go
through," Dasgupta told a press conference here.
"We have never asked for his resignation, but the
Prime Minister himself has offered to resign. The Prime
Minister is definitely responsible," Dasgupta said.
Dasgupta claimed that the Opposition was not to be
blamed for the present situation in parliament. "We are very
sorry that Parliament is stalled for so long. While we want
the Parliament to function, we also want the FDI in retail to
With an all-party meeting scheduled to discuss the
issue tomorrow, he said "we want to see what decision the
government takes, then we will take our stand."
The veteran CPI leader criticised Trinamool Congress
supremo Mamata Banerjee`s statement that the Centre would
suspend its decision on FDI in retail till a consensus was
Dasgupta said that Banerjee, having been a member
of the Parliament, should not have said this when the House
was in session.
"I do not know what transpired in private discussion
between Finance Minister Manmohan Singh and Mamata Banerjee,
but she should not have said this," he said.
The Trinamool Congress, which is part of the UPA
government, is opposed to FDI in retail.