Cong flays Madhya Pradesh BJP on FDI issue

Bhopal: The issue of FDI in retail sector figured in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Thursday, with Congress flaying the ruling BJP for its support to nationwide bandh against the Centre's decision and pointing out that the BJP had supported the move in 2004.

The matter was raised in the zero hour by Ashwin Joshi of Congress, but the Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said that due to the paucity of time, it was being "construed as read" in the house.

Tulsi Silawat (Congress) also protested against BJP's opposition to FDI, but by then the Speaker had moved on to the next business item.

Later, Joshi said the support to bandh call had exposed BJP's "double standard".

In its manifesto for the general election 2004, BJP had supported allowing 26 per cent FDI in the retail sector, Joshi said, adding that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was then a member of the manifesto committee.

The Congress legislator also pointed out that Bharti Walmart's Best Price Store already had an outlet in Madhya Pradesh.