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Congress flays move to put FDI in retail to parliamentary vote

Publish Date: 04 Dec 2012, 07:11 PM
Last Updated: 04 Dec 2012, 07:11 PM
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Cong flays move to put FDI to vote
Cong flays move to put FDI to vote

New Delhi: As Parliament on Tuesday began discussing FDI in retail under a rule entailing voting, Congress did not hide its displeasure over the "unhealthy precedent" that an executive decision has been put up for legislative vote.

"In principle, the issue has set an unhealthy precedent of putting an executive decision to vote by Parliament. There was nothing illegal or unconstitutional in the decision to bring FDI in multi-brand retail and the government agreed to discus the issue under 184 only to ensure smooth running of Parliament" party spokesperson PC Chacko told reporters here.

The party spokesperson also expressed confidence that the motion to disucss the issue under a rule that entails voting will see the Opposition's contention being rejected in both Houses.

"UPA is confident the motion will be rejected in both Houses. We are confident that both Houses will reject the resolution on FDI. We are hopeful this will also eventually discourage use of Parliament for political brinkmanship," Chacko said.

Slamming the Opposition for "not taking a principled stand on FDI" and being "hell bent to embarrass the government at any cost", Chacko rued that when the government agreed to a vote on FDI, the Opposition demanded the same for FEMA notification.

When the government agreeed to put to vote both together, the same parties insisted for separate voting for each, he added. Chacko also dismissed the charge that the assurance given by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee of taking all stakeholders on board on FDI in retail was not honoured by the government.

"Government did not make any announcement suddenly. Letters were written to 21 Chief Ministers. 11 of them supported the move. An effort was indeed made to build a consensus. There is absolutely no violation of the assurance given by the then Finance Minister to the House. We implemented that in word and spirit.

"But then is voting in Parliament the way to forge a consensus? Government did consult the parties," he said.

(Agencies)

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  • Satish Chandra04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    DECEMBER 4, 2012: To say that Foreign Direct Investment will be allowed only in cities of over one million population and only 53 cities will qualify is like saying we will allow American bases only in cities of over one million population. The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the drone attacks on Pakistan are part of the Anglo-American enforcement of their ownership of India. DECEMBER 3, 2012: India's population is a mountain of S-H-I-T. India's army, air force, navy chiefs are particles of S-H-I-T in this mountain of S-H-I-T. The navy chief wants to protect Indian assets in the South China Sea but is not concerned about the Anglo-American ownership of India as a whole including himself. Saying that the Congress party has the numbers to let Foreign Direct Investment sail through is like saying Shiv Sena has the numbers to jail anyone writing against particles of S-H-I-T like Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray. What matters is not who has the numbers but who has nuclear weapons. The British did not have the numbers in 1857 yet enforced their ownership of India by killing, by guns and sword, over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857 and continue to enforce their ownership of India today of which the ability of Anglo-Americans to bring Foreign Direct Investment -- via Indian governments which are proxies for the CIA with all political parties controlled by CIA-RAW -- is an example. But not guns and sword but nuclear weapons are what matter today and who has the nuclear weapons? IndiasTraitorGovtAndMediaDOTblogspot.com Satish Chandra

  • Satish Chandra04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    India's population is a mountain of S-H-I-T. Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray are particles of S-H-I-T in this mountain of S-H-I-T. Saying that the Congress party has the numbers to let Foreign Direct Investment sail through is like saying Shiv Sena has the numbers to jail anyone writing against particles of S-H-I-T like Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray. What matters is not who has the numbers but who has nuclear weapons. The British did not have the numbers in 1857 yet enforced their will by killing, by guns and sword, over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857 and continue to enforce their will today of which the ability of Anglo-Americans to bring Foreign Direct Investment -- via Indian governments which are proxies for the CIA with all political parties controlled by CIA-RAW -- is an example. But not guns and sword but nuclear weapons are what matter today and who has the nuclear weapons? IndiasTraitorGovtAndMediaDOTblogspot.com Satish Chandra

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