CPI to support any resolution in Parliament against FDI



New Delhi: The CPI on Saturday said it would support any resolution in Parliament to oppose the government's decision on FDI in retail, maintaining that a majority of MPs were against the measure.

"The CPI will support all moves to disapprove the economic measures announced by the government recently, particularly to allow FDI in retail, insurance and pensions, in the coming session of Parliament," party General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy told reporters after a meeting of the CPI national executive here.

"There should be a resolution (against FDI) moved by opposition parties. A majority of the Members of Parliament are opposed to FDI. So if any such resolution is moved, the CPI will support it," he said.

On the issue of a no-confidence motion against the government, Reddy said though "some discussion" has taken place between certain opposition parties, "there is no clarity on the issue. But we will support any opposition resolution against FDI."

Asked about the recent exposures by India Against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal, Reddy said he welcomed the exposures but "the difference between the Left and him is that he fights against individuals, but for us the institutions are very important. So, there is a difference on this."

"Whatever he has exposed is right. The allegations must be probed -- be it against (BJP chief Nitin) Gadkari or Robert Vadra... There has been a loss of faith for both the Congress and the BJP and that has been seen in the two recent Lok Sabha bye-elections and will be reflected again in the 2014 general elections," he said.

Reddy said in the recent bye-election in Uttarakhand, Congress lost its sitting seat, while its candidate Abhijit Mukherjee (son of President Pranab Mukherjee) "barely scraped through with a margin of 2,500 votes" in West Bengal.

PTI