SAD says no difference with BJP on FDI in retail issue

Shiromani Akali Dal said it is "solidly behind" NDA on FDI and there was no difference between the two parties.

Maur Mandi: With BJP on Thursday expressing its strong opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail, its ally in Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal fell in line, saying it is "solidly behind" NDA on the issue and there was no difference between the two parties.

SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal had said two days ago that "if a consensus (on FDI in retail) can be built now, no one will have an objection. But a consensus over the issue in the entire country is a must", setting off perception that the party`s stand was at variance with that of BJP.

But today, Sukhbir and his father Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought to present a united face on the issue while speaking to reporters at Mour Mandi in Bathinda district after addressing a public rally here.

They maintained there was no difference between the two alliance partners on this issue.

At BJP`s National Council Meet at Surajkund in Haryana, the party today said it will take its fight against FDI in multi-brand retail to Parliament in the winter session as the party feels the policy will hurt small traders and is being brought under foreign pressure.