NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday pointedly accused its long-term ally the Samajwadi Party (SP) led by Mulayam Singh Yadav of “opportunism” after the government won the FDI vote in parliament.
“This was possible due to the opportunism of the Samajwadi Party and the dubious position adopted by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP),” the CPI-M said in a statement.
“Both these parties spoke out against FDI (foreign direct investment) in retail trade but acted in a manner to help the government succeed,” CPI-M said.
It said despite the government’s victory, the parliament debate showed that “an overwhelming number of political parties representing a clear majority of MPs are not in favour of allowing FDI in retail trade. This reflects the views of the majority of the people of the country.
“However, despite this opposition, the government was able to maneouvre to get the motion against FDI in retail trade defeated.”
Meanwhile, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday announced a countrywide protest against foreign investment in multi-brand retail from Jan.1, 2013 soon after the policy was passed in the Rajya Sabha.
“We have convened a national convention of representatives of different stake holders all over the country from Jan. 1. The same the day the agitation will also be kicked off,” CAIT generalk secretary Praveen Khandelwal said.
Khandelwal said the voting pattern adopted by certain parties was a result of “manipulative politics.”
“We strongly condemn the collusion between the United Progressive Alliance and Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party,” he said. “SP and BSP have destroyed the opposition unity on the important issue which has greater ramification on the livelihood of millions of people, particularly the downtrodden,” he said.
Indo-Asian News Service