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Odisha Assy witness heated debate over FDI in Multi brand retail

Posted on Dec 05, 09:45PM | UNI

The Odisha Assembly today witnessed a heated debate between the Opposition and Treasury Bench members over the Union government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail.

While the ruling BJD, the CPI and BJP urged the speaker to pass a resolution in the House opposing the FDI, the Congress members wanted the house to pass a resolution in support of FDI.

Raising the issue during Zero hour, Prafulla Chandra Ghadhei (BJD)said foreigners were forced to leave the country after a long struggle but the Congress led UPA government was now trying to bring them back through FDI.

Mr Ghadai said if the FDI was allowed 12 crore small traders spread over 36 cities would lose their livelihood.

He said FDI would not be tolerated in independent India.

'We have to strengthen our economy,' but not by the foreign companies, he remarked.

Mr Ghadai said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was opposing the FDI when in Opposition, but now welcoming the FDI now.

Why this dual policy, he asked and appealed to the members to oppose it unitedly in the house.

He was supported by his party colleagues--Pradip Maharathy, Amar Prasad Satpathy, Prafulla Samal,Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Samr Ranjan Das and Mr Ananta Das.

Mr Maharthy said the UPA government was trying to loot the people of the country through FDI. Mr Amar Prasad Satpathy said the Union government was planning to sale the country and every body should oppose it. He said a consensus was reached all over the country against the FDI. Even the UPA partners like SP, DMK and BSP opposed it.