Despite the Central government’s clear indication of withdrawing the proposal on Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail, the way Opposition is being adamant on annulment of the decision rather than suspending it is nothing but a brazen show of its stubbornness. The opposition parties, especially the CPM had stated that they would be satisfied only when the proposal is completely withdrawn indicates as if they have got the strings of the government in their hand. The Opposition is free to protest against the foreign companies’ investment in retail due to its petty political interests, but it cannot be allowed to direct the ruling party, atleast not in the policy matters. What is right or wrong for the nation cannot be decided solely by the Opposition. If there is difference between the ruling and the Opposition parties, the right way to sort it out is through discussion. This is unfortunate that so much thrust was given on the mode of debate on FDI in retail that it even failed to materialise. For the Opposition’s Judge like behaviour on the FDI in retail, the ruling party is responsible to a great extent. Because, the government took a big decision without consulting even allies and later by pulling back it not only accepted its folly but also exhibited its weakness.

This is really surprising that Prime Minister himself on the demand of withdrawing the decision on FDI in retail had stated that it will affect the international prestige of the nation but now the decision has been taken to withdraw it even before discussion in the Parliament. The government move may not affect it, but for the nation it would cost dear. It would be more difficult for the government to take other economic decisions in future, because a message has already been passed to the Opposition that it would withdraw under the pressure. The government is likely to face more opposition in taking decisions on economic reforms programmes, as there are several pending economic issues on which it would need the Parliament’s nod. In the given situation, there is a least possibility that the Opposition would agree on those economic issues which would not serve its political interests. Although the Opposition has realized it well that Indian economy is already under pressure and needs a push for economic reforms, it is neither ready to cooperate with the government nor willing to express on which matter the latter should proceed. The Opposition for the time being has accomplished its political purpose by scuttling the decision of FDI in retail, but it has also hampered the economic interests of the nation.