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Amar Singh backs Mayawati on FDI

Posted on Dec 07, 02:32PM | IANS

Rashtriya Lok Manch chief Amar Singh Friday backed Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and dismissed allegations that she was supporting the government on the issue of foreign equity in retail due to fear of the CBI.

"There has been an allegation that Mayawati has changed her stand (supporting the government on foreign investment in multi-brand retail) due to fear of the CBI. But a few days ago while the nuclear deal was being opposed, the Left, BJP and Mayawati were together. So, was she standing together with Lal Krishna Advani because she was afraid of CBI," he said in the Rajya Sabha.

"When she was protesting with BJP against the nuclear deal then she was not afraid of CBI but if she changes her stance (on FDI) then that is because of the fear of the CBI," the former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said during the debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.

He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of maintaining "double standards".

Amar Singh also clarified that he was "not part of BSP and did not plan to join the party".

Projecting FDI as the way to advance and move forward, Amar Singh cited the example of SP which, till a few years back, was against computers and English language in Uttar Pradesh but realised its mistake and was now distributing computers and tablets among the masses.

"If you have committed a mistake in the past will you keep on repeating it?"