'Concerned PM making all attempts to mobilize other political parties': D. Raja
Taking potshots at the UPA Government over the Prime Minister meeting BSP chief Mayawati, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Sunday said a concerned Dr. Manmohan Singh is reaching out to other political parties in an endeavor to mobilize them for supporting the recent reforms.
Raja said the government is passing through a very serious crisis on the recent decisions taken by it namely on allowing FDI in multi-brand retail trade, FDI in insurance sector, FDI in pension and also to an extent disinvestment of public sector undertakings.
"There is widespread anger in the country, there is widespread protest against government's decisions, this has forced political parties to reach and take a position. On the issue of FDI in retail trade, the Trinamool Congress, once happened to be an ally, had to quit and is no more part of the government. Even though Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Samajwadi Party supporting government from outside, they are opposed to FDI in retail trade. Similarly, I think the BSP is taking a position may not be very firm but they have not said yes to FDI in retail trade. So, there is an element of uncertainty. There is a threat to government. During non-parliament sessions government made the announcement, but government has to face the parliament. Only ten days are left for the Winter Session of Parliament," said Raja.
"So, I think the Prime Minister is very concerned with the uncertain political situation and is very much concerned or worried about the decisions which he took whether they would be implemented or he could push through those reforms is concerned. So, he thinks that he can reach out to other political parties and mobilize them for his support. I don't think so it is going help the government," he added.
The Prime Minister is meeting Mayawati during lunch this afternoon at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here.
The meeting assumes importance as it is being seen as one to form strategy to unitedly face any Opposition onslaught on issues like FDI in retail and price hike ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah had already held such a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday evening.
Leaders of other allies like NCP, DMK and RLD are also expected to meet the Prime Minister later in the day.