New Delhi: Slamming the Centre for its decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has appealed to the government to roll back the decision.
Taking the war of wards between her and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi even further, Mayawati said that the decision on FDI has been taken to help Rahul's foreign friends.
"Rahul Gandhi has always stayed abroad and earlier he used to get his foreign friends to stay in the houses of poor people in Uttar Pradesh, make fun of poverty and now they are getting foreign companies into India," Mayawati said.
She claimed that the government allowed FDI in spite of objection from its allies. "The decision to allow FDI in retail is suicidal and will affect small businesses, poor and farmers," she said.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also made it clear that she will not let foreign companies to do business in the state till the BSP government is in the state.
Warning the government, Mayawati said, "We will take a strong stand aganist the Congress if the government does not take a decision to roll back FDI in retail."
The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared 50 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail despite division within the UPA on the issue.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left, UPA ally Trinamool Congress along with some Cabinet ministers Veerappa Moily and Mukul Wasnik had opposed it.
While the BJP feels that the FDI will lead to unemployment, the Left has said that it may lead to price rise.
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