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Congress to allow Walmart in Shimla

Posted on Dec 14, 05:54PM | UNI

Congress party after resuming power in the state would not hesitate to allow Walmart in this capital town condemning incumbent Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for taking anti-FDI stand in the state, soon after deadlock in Parliament cleared after defeating opposition stand against it.

Addressing mediapersons here yesterday Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee General secretary President Kuldeep Rathore accused Prof Dhumal to mislead the people after making statement against FDI in retail brand. He said that Prof Dhumal should resist from making such statements as the Union government did not force to impose FDI in retail on any states.

Mr Rathore said that FDI in the present form is in favour of farmers to ensure remunerative prices of crop besides it would stop their exploitation in the market and it would increase employment avenues.

'Soon after resuming power in the state, Congress would also implement FDI in retail brand in this hill state,' he said. He denied the allegations that there is any resentment and friction in the state party unit over the post of Chief Minister before it wins in state assembly for which result are to be declared on December 20. He said that party had been already made it clear that the decision of Chief Minister would be taken by elected party legislators and AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

Home state of Union commerce Minister Anand Sharma had no township of population sample of 10 lakhs out of 56 townships in the state no one fulfill this criteria under the FDI in retail brand policy. However Mr Sharma has been stated categorically that FDI is in favour of Himachal Pradesh as it would create better infrastructure facility inside the stores of Walmart and other banded retailers in the country but if BJP resumes in the power Mr Sharma's dream could not be realised as Mr Dhumal stand for anti-FDI in Himachal unlike his counterpart in Punjab and Haryana.