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Sushma urges PM to withdraw FDI move respecting Parliament view

Posted on Dec 05, 07:37PM | UNI

The end of the two-day marathon debate in the Lok Sabha on the Government decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail today saw Leader of the Opposition making a fervent appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to roll back the decision in view of the opinion of the House that had come out clearly against the move during the debate.

Responding to the reply of Commerce Minister Ananad Sharma to the debate under Rule 184 that entails voting, Ms Swaraj said that 14 out of the 18 parties that took part in the decision had opposed the FDI in retail.

"After this debate, it should be clear to the Prime Minister what the country wants. You tell the world that you cannot implement this decision as the country was opposed to it," she said in an impassioned speech.

She said the Government was trying to impose this decision without caring for consensus as had been promised by then Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee.

The Leader of the Opposition also launched a strong attack on the SP led by Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and the BSP led by Ms Mayawati, the parties that staged a walk-out during the reply.

She said these parties while being opposed to the FDI were not going to support the motion taking refuge under the pretext tbat they would not stand with communal forces, but the issue was not of communalism or secularism but of the livelihood of 20 crore people who belonged to all religions and communities, Ms Swaraj said.