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Some parties providing oxygen, crutches to UPA: BJP

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 15:57

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday criticized regional parties for propping up the UPA-II Government while simultaneously protesting against its economic policies.

"The challenges and problems being faced by the country are more important. So, it is wrong for a political party to oppose economic reforms for the sake of formality and also keep extending support to the ruling government. There are some parties who are providing oxygen and act like crutches to the Central Government throne," said Naqvi.

Naqvi also criticised the government for abusing the public`s trust to save the Congress Party.

"Today, the country is agitated and that feeling is now getting converted into hatred. If the government continues to act like this, in arrogance by protecting foreign market mafias, then in the coming days, it should be prepared to face aggressive mass protests from every nook and corner of the nation. The government is trying to manipulate the numbers inside parliament, but has lost its mass appeal and trust," said Naqvi.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had earlier said that his party would continue to lend outside support to the Congress-led government.

"Our support is clear. We will not let communal forces come to power. That is why I am supporting. I am not in UPA. But we are supporting so that communal forces do not go ahead," he said.

The Central Government faced the suspense of being in the minority after Trinamool Congress (TMC) a key coalition partner withdrew its support and its ministers tendered their resignations on Friday.

The TMC took this step while objecting to the government`s decision to allow FDI in the huge multi-brand retail market of the country on September 14.

However, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, supported the government`s move to allow FDI in retail, saying it would not hurt small traders and that the apprehension that small retailers would be destroyed was unfounded.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Dr. Singh, decided to allow up to 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail sector as well as the aviation and broadcasting segments.


First Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 15:56
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